The Dead Nation (2017)


A film constructed using the opposition of what a huge collection of recently discovered glass-plate photographs from the 30’s and 40’s tell us about Romania and what they do not show.


The Dead Nation is a documentary-essay, which shows a stunning collection of photographs from a Romanian small town in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The soundtrack, composed mostly from excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, shows us what the photographs do not: the rising of the anti-Semitism and eventually a harrowing depiction of the Romanian Holocaust, a topic which is not very talked about in the contemporary Romanian society.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Radu Jude.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ilinca Belciu … executive producer.
    • Diana Paroiu … Funding Coordinator.
    • Ada Solomon … producer.
  • Writer(s): Emil Dorian and Radu Jude.
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s): Catalin Cristutiu,
  • Production: HI Film Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 10 June 2017 (Cluj-Napoca, Transilvania International Film Festival) (Romania).
  • Running Time: 83 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Romania.
  • Language: English.

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