Green Border

2 hours 27 minutes

Not Rated

Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

Is this the best movie of the year? When all is said and done, it may very well be—a true powerhouse of a film from the great Polish director Agnieszka Holland, whose films include Oscar nominee Europa, Europa. In the treacherous and swampy forests that make up the so-called “green border” between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa are lured by government propaganda promising easy passage to the European Union. Unable to cross into Europe and unable to turn back, they find themselves trapped in a rapidly escalating geopolitical stand-off. An unflinching depiction of the migrant crisis captured in stark black-and-white, this riveting film explores the intractable issue from multiple perspectives: a Syrian family fleeing ISIS, caught between cruel border guards in both countries; young guards instructed to brutalize and reject the migrants; and activists who aid the refugees at great personal risk. Yet for all of Holland’s amazing specifics, the film goes far beyond that particular border in its reach. “A gripping, visceral human drama that occasionally turns shakycam thriller to excellent effect, it’s a small victory for empathy over coarseness”—Time Out.

In Polish and Arabic with English subtitles.

This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund. Call the Box Office at 207.873.7000 to obtain YAAF tickets. Pay it forward! Donate to YAAF here.

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