Originally from Yugoslavia and an immigrant to Cyprus, Iva Radivojevic investigates the effects of large-scale immigration on the sense of national identity in one of the easiest ports of entry into Fortress Europe. Poetically photographed and rendered, the film passionately weaves the themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.

Originally from Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists except in books and films, my family immigrated to Cyprus to escape political unrest. Raised in Cyprus, I’m approaching the film as a personal exploration of what it means to have a hybrid existence in which one is always searching for an identity...

...The narration is a stream of consciousness that follows observations and emotions about what it means to be without a country. As such, the accompanying images are interpretive and suggestive, not expositional or directly illustrative. Like the migrants themselves the narrator is also undefined, hybrid and changing as she looks for her own identity. 

By challenging the narratives of selfhood, the film proposes a search for broader harmonic relationships; inviting the viewer to delink from preconceived, culturally engrained paradigms that color the way we interact with the people and environment around us.

Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic is a Brooklyn based filmmaker who spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. Her films have screened at NYFF, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS, New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011-12 Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. When not working on her own films, Iva enjoys editing, cutting both documentary and narrative films. She is currently working on her new film Aleph, inspired by a short story from Jorge Luis Borges.

Filmography

Notes From The Border (2015), Evaporating Borders (2014), Between Colors Of I (2013), Ben: In The Mind’s Eye (2012), Gawking Red (2012), Despers USA (2012), We The People Have Found Our Voice (2011), Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of A Revolution (2011), Matthew 24:14 (2011), Following Crickets (2011), Thread (2011), Nelson (2010), Purple (2010), Years of Absence (2008)