Once upon a time, we were used to crowds at the train station, now emptiness has grown familiar. Elsewhere, trees are felled to make room for outlets that sell cheap clothes from China. The grind of settling into unfamiliar surroundings (sometimes even in places we’ve long called home) and the overwhelming effect of constant change have been ascendant leitmotifs in recent years, indeed they have already been a part of our everyday experience for some time now. However, all that characterises modern life (and is even treated as a given at times) has in fact existed for less than 200 years, and is thus anything but immutable.
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Eefje Suijkerbuijk // Netherlands, Ukraine // 2019 // 15:46 min
The forest is being replaced by a shopping mall, the station is becoming a lonely place, since the trains hardly run anymore. The city becomes a still life full of tender emotions of belonging in a country in which space and identity are highly contested fields.
Elisabetta Bosco / Margherita Giusti / Viola Mancini // Italy // 2020 // 07:00 min
Thanks to their music, friends Aliou and Afif were not only able to overcome the language barrier and communicate upon their arrival in Italy – it also helped them to integrate themselves in their adopted homeland.
Adela Křižovenská // Czech Republic // 2019 // 06:54 min
The Czech state’s approach to caring for children from difficult family backgrounds still bears the mark of the old Communist regime to this day. A report on a childhood in institutional care and a call for reform.