Walls: Guarding the Wall


WED 23/10 AT 19:00 SLOTTS
SAT 26/10 AT 11:00 SLOTTS

In 1989, certain far-reaching and historically significant events took place. One of the symbols of these events is the fall of the Berlin Wall, just around this time, 30 years ago. When the Soviet Union disappeared from the world map and the fences and mine fields were cleared away from the borders that used to divide Europe, the air was full of optimism. The anxiety experienced during the Cold War was replaced by visions of freedom, democracy, and free-market economy. Within a few years, the majority of EU countries adopted a shared currency, and crossing the borders in continental Europe
became a breeze.

Today, walls are once again being built in Europe and in other parts of the world. Voters favour parties and representatives that are openly nationalist, even racist. Both Europe and the rest of the world have become wealthier, but this wealth is increasingly in the pockets of the few.

Can we analyse the world of 30 years ago through cinema? What are the paths that have led us here, and can films help us better understand today’s world?

These three programmes present films that shed light on what the world was like back in the 1980s, what happened then, and what it is like to live in a world of new walls and fences. Most likely, these films alone cannot provide suitable solutions to our problems, but perhaps they will make us think and offer new perspectives and, amidst the difficulties, some humour and hope.

A previous version of Walls was screened at Tampere Film Festival, March 2019.

Jukka-Pekka Laakso & Christoffer Olofsson


A young Israeli soldier stationed at one of the most dangerous checkpoints in the West Bank wants to be a pacifist, causing problems in the field and at home.

USA 2013. 24 min. DIRECTION: Joel Novoa
















Tinder. Woman seeks men. Man seeks women. Everything could be so simple if she weren’t in Israel and the guys nearby that the app suggests in search mode weren’t in the West Bank. The filmmaker, an Israeli woman from Tel Aviv, makes contact with men from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip through dating websites and apps, overlooking the perpetual conflict in the background. Straddling the virtual and physical worlds, she goes on a journey through the West Bank, despite it being prohibited by Israeli law and considered a social taboo.

ISRAEL 2018. 29 min. DIRECTION: Ines Moldavsky


This is the story of a 17-year-old American boy who illegally crosses to Mexico by jumping over the border wall, escaping his racist father and trying to find his Mexican beloved one.

MEXICO 2017. 13 min. DIRECTION: Oliver Rendón


In the master-planned city of Surprise, everything is done to make life as safe as possible: bylaws, gates, and walls ensure you have nothing, whatsoever to fear.

UK 2010. 10 min. DIRECTION: Tim Travers Hawkins


A sniper who lives alone on a country’s border shooting refugees attempting to cross, one day finds a tape of his victim’s war diary and begins to listen to it.

LEBANON 2019. 22 min. DIRECTION: Samir Syriani


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