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Europlex
2003, 20 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W04827
The fourth in Ursula Biemann's critically acclaimed series of video essays that investigates migration across borders, EUROPLEX, a collaboration with Angela Sanders, tracks the daily, sometimes illicit, border crossings between Morocco and Spain- a rare intersection of the first and third worlds. Paying off officials to look the other way, workers smuggle contraband across the border, sometimes crossing up to 11 times a day. In a now common scenario of global economics, Moroccan women work in North Africa to produce goods destined for the European market. And in perhaps the most surreal example of border logic, domesticas commute into a Spanish enclave in Moroccan territory, losing two hours as they step into the European time zone. With a mesmerizing soundtrack and a dizzying blend of video footage, digital graphics and text, the film exposes a fascinating, often hidden layer in the cultural and economic landscape between Europe and Africa- revealing the new rules and profound implications of globalization.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement, Geneva
  • Nürnberg Human Rights Film Festival
  • Femme Totale Film Festival
  • Mostra Films Internacional Dones, Barcelona
  • White Chapel Gallery, London
  • Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
  • Finger Lakes Envonmental Film Festival, Ithaca College
  • Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

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QUOTES

    “A brilliant insightful perspective on the exploitation of women’s labor across the border.”
    Maite Escudero
    University of Zaragoza, Spain

    “Recommended.”
    Lourdes Vazquez
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “…shows how standard nations of border and country, however nuanced, cannot possibly accommodate the multivalent relations among physical bodies, national identities, and the lines, laws and rituals that demarcate them.”
    Alexandra Keller
    Smith College

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