Valley of Sighs

Toldi
Nov 15, 20:30
Cirko
Nov 16, 17:30
International Panorama
Mihai Andrei Leaha
2013
Romania
55min
Romanian

Transnistria was still part of the Soviet Union when German and Romanian troops invaded in 1941. Along with many Jewish deportees, some 25,000 Roma were transported from Romania between 1943 and 1945. Only half managed to survive starvation, cold weather, disease and acts of arbitrary violence. This documentary is an attempt to depict the unimaginable scale of this atrocity. It shows interviews with survivors who were children at the time, and eye-witnesses from surrounding villages. It also unearths military and police documents that plot the “progress” of the ongoing genocide, and juxtaposes this material with images of the idyllic countryside in which the horrors of the past are barely conceivable. The result is a multi-layered cinematic monument to the victims of a little-known chapter of the Holocaust.

Producer: 
Iulia Hossu
Mihai Andrei Leaha
Editor: 
Andrei Crişan
Camera: 
Mihai Andrei Leaha
Andrei Crişan
Sound: 
Iulia Hossu
Ion Gnatiuc
Music: 
Tamas Szekely
Production info: 
Triba Film, Romania ISPMN Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities contact@triba.ro www.triba.ro