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EAST, WEST & IN-BETWEEN

During the Cold War the world was divided in two.
Or wasn’t it?
In the heart of Europe there was a little piece of land where East and West met and lived together… 

SYNOPSIS

Migration and borders have never been so topical like today. And while disputes persist whether borders should be open or not, let us take a look at Europe’s not very distant past: something very special was happening in the heart of the continent, the only piece of land that the two great forces were not able to divide. 

At the end of the Second World War the Free Territory of Trieste was formed. The little independent state included the band of the Gulf of Trieste from Duino to Muggia and the North-western part of the Istrian peninsula, and kept its legacy even after its dissolution in 1975 when the little state’s two zones were annexed to Italy and Yugoslavia respectively.

So, what was it like living where the East and the West were in close contact? How the political and cultural contrasts affected the population? To sum up, how was the everyday life like on this unique frontier zone during the Cold War? Answers to this and many other questions will be given by historians and scholars, above all by local inhabitants – witnesses of an era that no longer exists, but that seems to be coming back in a similar form.

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