The Dead Nation

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The Dead Nation (Țara moartă)

Directed by Radu Jude

  • Romania 2017; 83 min
  • Original version: Romanian
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Award - Trieste FF


A documentary-essay, ȚARA MOARTă shows a collection of photographs from a small Romanian town in the 1930s and 1940s. The soundtrack, composed mostly of excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, depicts what the photographs do not: the rising of antisemitism and eventually the harrowing depiction of the Romanian persecution of the Jews, a subject rarely talked in contemporary Romania.

Director's Statement

This is my most overt political and philosophical film. It is political, because it touches a theme which is not usually addressed in our society: the anti-Semitism and the mass killing of the Jewish population during the war, especially on the Eastern front. Until recent years, Romanians used to blame the Germans for it; still, despite the fact that the writings of many historians showed that Romania has its responsibility in the Holocaust (according to Raul Hilberg, the number of the victims is around 400.000), in the collective consciousness of our nation the things didn't change. I felt the need to address this subject, because I am a Romanian and I feel it is an important and urgent theme, since we see the return of extremism in the whole Europe. It is also a philosophical film, a special kind of found-footage film, which tries to show the limits and the problems of the visual representation of reality, especially of History. A photograph shows us something and in the same time hides what is outside its frame...



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