Flotel Europa Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Event date
22 May 2023
Event time
17:30 - 20:00
Oxford week
TT 5
Faculty of Law - The Cube

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Flotel Europa poster

In 1992 a wave of refugees from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina reached Denmark. With 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 young 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 "spacetime vacuum" of the Flotel.


In light of the UK Home Office's accommodation proposals, join us for a screening of this film, followed by a discussion with the film's director, Vladamir Tomic, and Hari Reed, Asylum Welcome (others tbc).



Vladimir Tomic (Director) was born in 1980 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2009 he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Copenhagen. His art films are played out in the field of contemporary art and experimental documentation. Universal and human tension caused by the changing structure of society is often at the center of his work.

Asylum Welcome is an Oxford-based charity that offers information, advice and practical support to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants living in Oxfordshire. 

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