Ideologies and refugees

Migrants: Refugee deterrent border fences add to the already complicated relationship between the Croats and Slovenians of the Kupa region.

Yugoslav history and Balkan borders are famously complicated. This is why Croatian director Tiha K. Gudac had to put current facts as plainly as possible at the beginning of her second feature-length documentary The Wire, which world-premiered at Dok.fest München.

The film is a part of Borderline Collection, a series of six documentaries about life around borders in Europe. It deals with a fence that the Slovenian government installed on the river Kupa, marking a part of its border with Croatia, in order to stop refugees from entering Europe proper. Both countries are EU members, but Croatia is not in the Schengen Area. Currently, 187km of the 667km-long border is protected with fence, much of it razor-wire.

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Vladan Petkovic
Vladan Petkovic (Belgrade, 1978) is a journalist, film critic, festival programmer and translator. He is the correspondent for the territories of former Yugoslavia at Screen International, senior writer at Cineuropa and contributing editor for IDFA's website. He is a programmer for ZagrebDox and Rab Film Festival (Croatia), Skopje Film Festival (Macedonia), and FeKK in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and contributes as guest programmer and advisor for numerous international film festivals around Europe. Petkovic is the head of studies of GoCritic!, a recently established training programme for aspiring film journalists and critics, in collaboration with Cineuropa.

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