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The wall that divides us

Uunder the general title Searching for Peace, The Cinema for Peace Foundation in collaboration with The Cultural Workshop Ayion Aomoloigon and Cynema Xanthis 3, will screen the film The Great Wall tonight.

The Great Wall is the second film to be screened in this series of four films. This screening will show the 2015 film by Irishman Tadhg O’Sullivan.
“The Great Wall has been completed at its most southerly point.” So begins Kafka’s short story At the Building of the Great Wall of China, and so, at Europe’s heavily militarised south-eastern frontier, begins this film.

In the shadow of its own narratives of freedom, Europe has been quietly building its own great wall. Like its famous Chinese precursor, this wall has been diverse in form and dubious in utility. Gradually cohering across the continent, this system of enclosure and exclusion is urged upon a population seemingly willing to accept its necessity and to contribute to its building. From Europe’s edges, The Great Wall moves across various unidentified fortified landscapes, pausing with those whose lives are framed by borders and walls. Moving inward toward the seat of power, the film holds the European project up to a dazzling cinematic light, refracted through Kafka’s mysterious text, and ultimately questioning the nature of power, within Europe and beyond.

The Great Wall
Screening of the 2015 film, followed by a panel discussion. November 9. Ayioi Omoloyites Cultural Workshop, Archontiko Ierodiakonou, Aghialou and Ayioi Omoloyites Corner, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. German with English subtitles. Tel: 22-256782

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