Mama Europa
5.28.2013

Making Mama Europa by Petra Pan

Mama Europa (“Mother Europe”)  is a humorous creative documentary confronting the borders of Europe and those whose lives are closely associated with them. The film takes us on a journey around Europe during which we visit some of its remaining non-Schengen borders. We uncover life on these borders, what problems they pose for the locals and what they do to cope with these problems.

The author’s lucid narrative takes us on a journey across physical borders and amidst the waiting queues before the bureaucratic borders. We leap across political borders, dig under the historical borders, test the educational borders.

The story takes us closer to the people whose lives were influenced by the borders. With the help of fishermen, we will search for the tri-border on the Adriatic Sea between Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. We will take a look at the political game of chess played between Macedonia and Greece with a anarcho-punk band Bernays Propaganda.

The main protagonist of the documentary is Terra, a five-year old girl. Her curiosity pushes her into discovering the world around her. Her genuine reactions in conversation with her mother challenge the protagonists and thus provide answers that demonstrate five years old view on the world. Her thoughts are spontaneous reactions of what she experiences on the nomadic travel with her parents around the Europe. The film focuses on how much the kids listen and understand the world around them and how the adults often ignore that.

The personal stories of our protagonists,  that the family meets on the way , are analysingunsuccessful European Union attempts tenaciously to find solutions and improve inter-community relations in last 100 years. But despite the considerable positive changes within the European Union, many unresolved problems related to the border issues remain. The author sides with those who are forced to find creative solutions to problems caused by rigid borders and political situations, consequently holding a mirror to the national states and their official policies.

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