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Three Films on Language /Poland/Belarus: Integration, Internationalism, Nationalism

Synopsis
DVD compilation of the three films: JARMARK EUROPA (2005), ESPERI (2005) and ZUBR (2006) that originate in a journey undertaken by the artist from Warsaw to the Belarusian National Park headquarters in Kamieniuki, Belarus. JARMARK EUROPA focuses on a Vietnamese community of market traders that existed in what was once (but has since been demolished) Europe’s largest outdoor market, Jarmark Europa. ESPERI is about Esperanto, featuring an interview with the president of the founding Esperanto society headquarters in Bialystok. ZUBR looks at the threat of deforestation to Europe’s last remaining primeval forest Belovezhskaya Pushcha triggered by the closure of the border between Poland and Belarus and the suppression of the Belarusian
language by Lukashenko’s government.

The three films have been compiled to DVD five years after their making to accompany the book of the same title that looks at the development of the social and political situations that the films originate in, since the time of shooting. In the preface to the book Stevens gives personal insight and account into the films and their making and reflects on recent calls by France and Italy to review the Schengen agreement in wake of the refugees created by the Arab Spring and war in Libya. Documents within the publication also include: fragments of debate on Esperanto from the E.U. parliamentary archives; a succession of news reports detailing native language suppression in Belarus; and correspondence between the Polish and Belarusian governments and UNESCO on
the management of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha world heritage site.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Notes
Includes 72 page book
Subjects
Languages; Politics & government
Keywords
Belarus; ethnic minorities; European Union; Poland; Vietnam; Esperanto

Credits

Director
Samuel Stevens

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£115.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
30 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

Pamphleteer Films

Distributor

Name

Lux

Email
info@lux.org.uk
Web
https://lux.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 31412960
Address
Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London
N19 5JF
Notes
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