Letter of Forgiveness (US Premiere)

by Alina Serban

2020, short, 15 minutes


In the household of a wealthy Romanian noblewoman in 1855, Maria, a Roma-Gipsy slave, fights to obtain freedom for her son Dinca. Based on a true story of a Roma mother and son whose life changed the course of Romanian history by bringing about the abolition of slavery sooner. Part of a future full-length project, the short film presents a day in the household in which Maria and her son, Dinca, serve as slaves. As important guests arrive for dinner and all the slaves are making preparations, Maria and her son see this day as a chance to take a step to change their fate. During slavery time, up until 1856, the Romanian equivalent of the word “forgiveness” was used when referring to freeing someone from slavery (the Roma slave was “forgiven” from slavery).

On Nov. 21 at 11am PST there will be a live Q&A with the director and actress Alina Serban. This talk will be LIVE on this page at that time, and will be automatically recorded and added to the end of the film playlist for later viewing.