New East Digital Archive

Ones to watch: 20 emerging film directors from the new east

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Amid the rapidly changing socio-political landscape of eastern and central Europe, and from national film industries feeling out a way to reflect a post-communist identity, exciting new filmmaking talents have sprung. Here are 20 emerging directors from the region whose range of work together explores a new generation of urban youth and the creative revitalisation of cityspace, a questioning of the demands of consumerism and social media on everyday life, a recognition of diversity with bravely pioneering LGBT works, and a new openness in confronting historical trauma in sometimes startlingly innovative modes.