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The Dead Nation

Țara moartă

Directed by Radu Jude
Romania, 2017
  • Romanian
  • Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish


This documentary-essay excavates Costică Axinte’s stunning collection of photographs from a small Romanian town in the 1930-40s. A voice-over reads from the diary of a Jewish doctor, depicting what the photographs don’t: the rising of antisemitism and the persecution of Jews in Romania.

Our take

Romanian auteur Radu Jude (director of our Special Discovery, Scarred Hearts) turns his inquisitive eye to the history of his country revealed through portraits. From seemingly innocuous photographs we find powerful traces of a historical rise in nationalism and anti-semitism. Never more timely.

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