The Great European Disaster Movie had its first public screening in Bratislava on November 17th in the course of a very special event: the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw a peaceful transition of power ending 41 years of communist rule in the then Czechoslovakia. 

Thousands of people, led by the president of the Republic, took part in the all-day commemoration in the Old Market of the Slovakian capital. The event was organised by several non-governmental organisations including Projekt Fórum Association, part of the international debating network Time to Talk, which approached us for permission to show the film.

The day also included a series of public discussions exhibitions and a concert. The underlying theme of the event, which was entitled New Fences, was the refugee emergency and the reaction to the crisis in Eastern Europe, in a reminder that old divisions can easily make way for new ones both on our borders and within our societies.


From time to time we'll share exclusive interview clips (including never-seen-before footage), the most incisive blog posts and the most interesting dispatches from our event organisers as they take the europe debate to the furthest, biggest, smallest, weirdest, most unusual places around europe and beyond.

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