Europlex

A film by Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders

2003 | 20 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 04827

SYNOPSIS

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.

PRESS

“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

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

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

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Angela Sanders

Angela Sanders, visual anthropologist and videomaker, studied at the Universities of Zurich and Edinburgh. At present, the main focus of her research is on the living and working conditions of Moroccan women who work as ”domesticas” (housemaids) in Andalusia and Northern Morocco (Ceuta, Melilla). In addition to Europlex, Sanders has made films such as Irina, a portrait of a Ukrainian migrant woman in the south of Spain and Domestic Scapes, an insight into the daily life of Moroccan domestic workers in Sevilla and in the Spanish enclaves Ceuta & Melilla. She publishes on a regular basis and has written a number of articles on the subject of gender, identity, film, and media. Sanders is also on the editorial team at FRAZ, a Swiss feminist magazine, where she recently produced an issue on the Mediterranean. (09/09)

Ursula Biemann

More recently she turned to ecology, oil and water with major art projects including Black Sea Files (2005), Egyptian Chemistry (2012) and Deep Weather (2013). Her video installations are exhibited worldwide in museums and the International Art Biennials of Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Thessaloniki, Sevilla, Istanbul, and Venice.

Her research is based at the Zurich University for the Arts and she is publisher of several books, e.g. "Stuff it" the Video Essay in the Digital Age (2003), Mission Reports - Artistic Practice in the Field (2008). She is currently working on a new piece on the Ecuadorian Amazon, commissioned by Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Biemann has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York (1988). She received a doctor honoris causa in Humanities by the Swedish University Umea and the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. (03/19)

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