Green Border

Directed by Agnieszka Holland

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Release Year: 2024
Running time: 152
Country: Poland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium
Language: Polish, Arabic, English, French
Genres: Drama
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MSRP: $19.95
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MSRP: $599.00
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Directed by: Agnieszka Holland

In the treacherous and swampy forests that make up the so-called “green border” between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa are lured by government propaganda promising easy passage to the European Union. Unable to cross into Europe and unable to turn back, they find themselves trapped in a rapidly escalating geopolitical stand-off. An unflinching depiction of the migrant crisis captured in stark black-and-white, this riveting film explores the intractable issue from multiple perspectives: a Syrian family fleeing ISIS caught between cruel border guards in both countries; young guards instructed to brutalize and reject the migrants; and activists who aid the refugees at great personal risk.

Thirty years after Europa Europa, three-time Oscar® nominee Agnieszka Holland brings a masterful eye for realism and deep compassion to this blistering critique of a humanitarian calamity that continues to unfold. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2023 Venice Film Festival, Green Border is a poignant and essential work of cinema that opens our eyes and speaks to the heart, challenging viewers to reflect on the moral choices that fall to ordinary people every day.


“More films like this need to be made and seen.”

- Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times

"Extraordinary… One of the best films of the year."

- Stephanie Zacharek, Time

"A humanitarian masterpiece."

- Damon Wise, Deadline

"A crowning achievement. The strongest movie this critic has seen all year."

- John Powers, NPR Fresh Air

“Unforgettable in all senses of the word.”

- Bilge Ebiri, Vulture


- J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books

“Essential viewing.”

- David Fear, Rolling Stone

“A heart-in-mouth thriller."

- Jessica Kiang, Variety

“A righteous, infuriating and compelling watch.”

- Laura Bobiak, Observer

“A gripping, visceral human drama."

- Phillip De Semlyen, Time Out

"Profoundly moving, flawlessly executed."

- Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

“Marvelous… exhilarating and empathetic."

- Natalia Keogan, The A.V. Club

"Five stars! Agnieszka Holland pulls no punches."

- Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

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