SOUVENIRS DE IASI – ROMULUS BALACZ, 2015 (PREMIERE IN ROMANIA)
In 2013, I discovered a book highlighting an historic event of Romania, my native country, which I knew nothing about : its participation in the Holocaust. Written during the WWII by Matatias Carp, a Jewish lawyer in Bucharest, the book was hidden for decades by the Romanian communist regime.
Browsing through it, I came across a series of photographs taken during a pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi (the 2nd biggest city in the country). The pictures put light on urban killings and the method used to deport and exterminate the Jews.
73 years after the event, I went in Romania looking for the locations of these photos. In 2 years, I have found almost all of them and discovered the history of this tragedy.
OARE CIT TRAIESC COCORII (I WONDER HOW LONG CRANES LIVE) – DAN PAUL IONESCU
A documentary about Andrei Calarasu, survivor of the death train and filmmaker in his own right, taking a trip back to his past, retracing the events he lived during the pogrom including the time in the concentration camp at Calarasi, a place after which he took his last name.
CHARGING THE RHINO – SIMCHA JACOBOVICI
On June 29, 1941 thousands of Jews were herded into a courtyard in Iasi, Romania and were massacred by German and Romanian soldiers. Many of the Jacobovicis of Romania died that day. Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici goes back to the land of his forebears and explores issues of memory – his and Romania’s.