Flotel Europa


A documentary by Vladimir Tomic
Denmark, Serbia / 2015/ 70 min

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In 1992 a wave of refugees from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina
reached Denmark. With existing refugee camps completely full, the Red Cross
pulled a giant ship into the canals of Copenhagen. The ship, Flotel Europa,
became a temporary home for a thousand people waiting for decisions
on their asylum applications.

Among them was a 12 year old boy, Vladimir, who fled Sarajevo
together with his mother and older brother.
They spent two years in the limbo of Flotel Europa.

Two decades later, Vladimir Tomic takes us on a journey of growing up
on this ship filled with echoes of the war — and other things
that make up an adolescence. The coming-of-age story is juxtaposed
with personal VHS archive material shot by refugees
who shared the “space-time vacuum” of the Flotel.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/117721025