The Dead Nation

by Radu Jude

2017, Documentary, 83 minutes


In this documentary essay, Radu Jude juxtaposes Romania’s fascist past via the experience of Legionnares, as well as the country’s increased anti-Semitism during the WWII. Using excerpts of Jewish doctor Emil Dorian’s diary written during the same period, Dead Nation highlights the disparity between the Jewish experience during the war as a victim, and the political propaganda of the war’s perpetrators.

Please note: this film program is available only to viewers in the United States.

Join us for Romanian Jewish History and Collective Memory in Romanian Film, a Zoom discussion between director Oana Giurgiu (Occasional Spies) and historians Cristina A. Bejan and Adrian Cioflâncă. The panel will air on the ARCS Facebook page. In their confirmation email, ticket purchasers will receive a link to join the Zoom if they are interested in participating. The Q&A takes place Nov. 17 at 9am PT.