The border between Lithuania and Belarus was once a fluid border between Soviet republics. Today it is one of the forgotten outskirts of Europe, with the Schengen fence dividing communities, families and lives.
One hour’s drive from Vilnius, everyone must pass a strict border control on leaving the 'Free West' for Belarus, 'the last dictatorship in Europe'. Crossing this border is a time-consuming and often absurd procedure. Some people are confronted with this on a daily basis, since the border literally cuts through their backyards. Visiting relatives or friends, going to church or cemeteries, is a complicated process involving crossing point schedules, visas and other bureaucratic procedures. This is the paradox of a free Schengen region.
Relation04 Media (NO), Kinoteka (HR), In_Script (LT)
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Brussels Brussels Capital Region, Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter, Norwegian Film Institute, Filmfond Nord, Nordnorks Filmsenter, Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), Lithuanian Film Institute, Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA