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02

Where the world ends

A film by Anna Savchenko

One hour's drive from Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, all those leaving the "free West" towards Belarus, "the last dictatorship in Europe", must pass through a strict border control. Crossing this border is a time-consuming and almost absurd performance. However, there are people who are confronted with this border on a daily basis, as it literally cuts right through their backyard. What used to be a daily routine of visiting relatives or friends, going to church or to the cemetery, has now become a complicated process involving cross point schedules, visas and other complex bureaucratic procedures. A perfect example of the forgotten 'European periphery', the paradox of the free Schengen area, which here is tearing apart communities, families and lives.

The border between Lithuania and Belarus used to be a fluid border between Soviet republics. Today it is one of Europe’s forgotten outskirts, with the Schengen fence dividing communities, families and lives.

The border between Lithuania and Belarus used to be a fluid border between Soviet republics. Today it is one of Europe’s forgotten outskirts, with the Schengen fence dividing communities, families and lives.

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