Border Musical

Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat collective)

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Chto Delat, Border Musical (still), 2013.

Staff picks Border Musical
Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat collective)

48 Minutes

Staff Picks

May 19–June 15, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Chto Delat’s Border Musical (2013), on view from Wednesday, May 19 through Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The film is presented as part of the monthly series Staff picks.

Ola from Finnmark meets Tanja from Kola. They fall in love. Tanja abandons her past and moves to Finmakrk with her son to live with her new husband. Through the joys and challenges of their mixed marriage we get a glimpse into today’s Russian-Norwegian borderland across cultural and social norms and values. How is our behavior and worldview influenced by culturally laden relationships between individual, family, and society? To what degree are we responsible for our actions, and to what degree do we leave that to the state? Who defines areas of responsibility? The Norwegian state and Ola’s best friend help the couple build a family based on sound Norwegian values.

Border Musical is not a description of reality; it is reality served up spicy: through polished language and sharp definitions, exaggerated images and multifaceted characters, bizarre movements and eccentric scenes. Why cheer for mutual understanding when we can learn from our differences?

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Borders & Frontiers, Theater, Labor & Work, Film, Music, Feminism
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