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The Meadow

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 8:45pm

The Meadow

Jela Hasler | 
Switzerland |
 2015 | 
9 minutes

The contested territory between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel has been the site of conflict for ages. The cows that peacefully graze in the Golan Heights appear little interested in the turf wars of humans. They refuse to acknowledge any borders and go wherever their four stomachs take them. Everything is peaceful, until the cops show up and try to force the inhabitants to vacate the land. But cows are not so easily moved. -DW

Holly Morris and Anne Bogart | 
USA/Ukraine |
 2015 | 
72 minutes

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone looks like a bucolic paradise. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and the fish are biting. As Valentyna Ivanivna states at the outset, there is probably more pollution in Kiev than in the place she calls home. “I won’t go anywhere even at gunpoint,” she states. After the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986, more than 90,000 people were forcibly evacuated and told they could never go home again. But some residents were determined to return, and slowly, a small population trickled back into the region.


Jela Hasler

Jela first studied Photography at Zurich University of the Arts (2007­-10), she then took one semester at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey (2009). Afterwards, she studied video at Lucerne School of Art and Design (2010­-13). Jela works as a filmmaker.