Imagine a village somewhere deep in Eastern Europe. For more than a century, its nationality has changed in a season-like cadenza: first it belonged to the Hapsburg Empire, then to Czechoslovakia, next to Hungary, then to the Soviet Union. In recent years, things have grown even more complex. At the end of World War II, the Russians established a border that divided the village of Szelmenc (population 1,100) over two separate countries. Families on one side live in Slovakia, which is now a member of the European Union. On the other side, their relatives suffer from the unstable political and economic circumstances in Ukraine. One solution would be to build a border-crossing, to reunite families after 60 years and to generate some economic structure. Two years later, it was built - but who is actually benefiting from it?
Zsuzsa Böszörményi is a film director, producer and screenplay writer and managing directorof BGB Film, Hungary. She has directed several prize-winning documentaries and feature films. She is member of the European Film Academy.
Kai Salminen is a director, producer and screenplay writer and founding member of Epidem Ltd and producer of a great number of documentaries.
2007, 52', color/bw, video
Zsuzsa Böszörményi, Kai Salminen
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Zsuzsa Böszörményi, Mikael Wahlforss
BGB Film, Epidem