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  • Valley of Sighs

    Between 1943 and 1945, 25.000 Romani people were deported to Transnistria by the Antonescu regime. Half of them soon died of hunger, cold or other causes. 70 years later, a few survivors, who were of a very young age at that time, recall and give a sad account of those terrible events. The film aims to reconstruct the journey, places and tragic experiences of the past. Interviews with the members of the Ukrainian community from Transnistria expand the stories of the Roma survivors and transform an area nowadays apparently trivial in a place of anthropological value, memories and tears. ...

  • Vendetta

    „As the cuckoo bird sand, / I was to die a yound lad. / And insread of getting married / People came to see me buried./ My soldier service had been done / And I set off to my homeland./ A wretched man popped up,/ He stabbed me with his knife/ And took away my life." In the early 80s, a young man was being stabbed right in front of a hotel in a central area of a city in Maramures. He was coming home after having served in the army. The attack was a punishment for the sadistic treatment he had applied to his fellow-soldiers who came from the same region as he did. After 24 year of grief, his family cannot and would not forget this tragic event. ...

  • Verdict

    16 years after the Yugoslav war, thousands of people gathered in the main square of Zagreb to watch a live broadcast of the verdict pronounced against Croatian generals accused of war crimes against the Serbs. Their trial began on March 11th 2008 and ended in September 2010. Through a series of close-ups, the movie captures, describes and documents, the emotions of the moment when the decision of the court is made public. ...

  • Viaţă dăruindu-le

    A touching artistic documentary about the Union War, 1916-18, the defence of the Faith and of the Romanian nation. ...

  • Victoria

    Victoria is one of those communist projects of cities emerged out of nothing around an industrial plant. Designed to be a showcase of „socialist victory" is today a ghost city. All the inhabitants used to work at the chemical plant. After it was closed down, many people left the city. Attracted bz the oportunities offered to foreign investors, an American plant opened in the area, adding more toxines to the existing pollution of the place. The access roads to Victoria are burdensome. There is no railway, and the main road is 10-12 km away. When you enter the city, you see a monument, the letter V carved in stone. At the other end, the road does not lead anywhere. It simply desintegrates into paths that head to the Fărăgraş Mountains. ...

  • Victory Day

    After Estonia became independent in 1991, most monuments of the Soviet era were removed. The Bronze Soldier, however, remained in its place. It is a statue of a soldier in Red Army uniform with medals on his chest and a rifle slung over his shoulder. Every year on the 9th of May, people gather at this statue and their behaviour creates a new social memory. The monument is no longer important for itself, but rather for the ceremonies and rituals that take place around the Bronze Soldier. ...

  • Viflaim.These Kids Are All Right

    In Crasna, a Ukrainian village in Maramureş, young people meet before Christmas and prepare together, like their parents before them, the staging of the „Bethlehem”, a nativity play. The film looks at the whole process of rehearsal as well as the final show on an improvised stage, presented to the delight of the whole community that comes to watch. ...

  • Village at the End of the Rainbow

    A piece of archaic life in a picturesque Maramures village in northern Romania, where people live in harmony with nature, obeying ancient rules. The film focuses on four people, who seem to come from the old times. An old man who built two wooden churches with his own hands, a woodcarver and an old couple make a chronicle of an extinguishing world. ...

  • Village Of Socks

    In the small village Viscri / Deutschweisskirch, in the middle of Transylvania, all women are knitting socks. A german musician sells the socks to Germany, to Austria and to other countries. And he also enjoys living in Viscri. He teaches to Viscri-children German, he plays piano and sings about the beauty of the Romanian language and last but not least, he organizes the sock-export. The majority of the Saxons who lived in Viscri before has left the village. Only a few are left. There are no jobs in Viscri, but many tourists are coming, because of the impressive old church and also because of the socks. This documentary is a portrait of a very special village, isolated in a beautiful landscape but still full of life. ...

  • Village Without Women

    In the tiny backcountry Serbian village of Zabrdje, the men work hard and the women - are missing. Three brothers, Dragan, Zoran and Rodoljub, and their aging neighbor Velimir are all that remain of a once thriving community. The brothers live together in one house: no running water, no indoor plumbing, one room where all three sleep. This is gruff, bare basics living, hard, demanding, no luxuries. Zoran feels a woman is needed, but all the Serbian women have moved away. In nearby Albania there are more women than men. But the brothers fought in Kosovo against the Albanians. With this original approach and an easy going style, the film addresses serious social, cultural and anthopological issues, and offers a fresh look on the Balkan world. ...

  • Violin Farmers

    LÀNG VIOLON follows an orchestra in the rural area of northern Vietnam. Founded about sixty years ago and in spite of the hard times of the war, the orchestra has continued rehearsing and playing to the present day, due to the love and dedication of the farmers-cum-musicians of the first generation. However, the generations to follow are less keen to keep the tradition. The question is whether this cultural seed that inseminated on their soil in such an unusual manner and grew up to a vigurous tradition has any chance to survive. ...

  • Vision Man

    Utuniarsuak is an old (87) Inuit hunter who has lived through the transition of his people’s 4000 year old culture into a Western equivalent - literally in his own lifetime. He had always been a part of his arctic world, physically dependent and emotionally attached; but the young peo­ple of his village no longer seem to have this need. This powerful and moving story shares with the viewer the insights of a humorous and contemplative old man who relates how his natural world always was - not only the centre of his existence - but also responsible for shaping who and what he actually is. ...

  • VISITING ROOM

    Visiting Room follows the stories of some prisoners found in different penitentiaries across the country, who have found their life partner during their sentence time. The one is either a person from outside, or as them, a person who is serving time in prison. Our intention was to talk to the people found in the special situation of being deprived of freedom, to whom love becomes a substitute for freedom and represents maybe their only hope for a better future. ...

  • Viva Constanța!

    Tudor Lakatos is a school teacher. He is in his 40s, he's a Gypsy, and he wants to be famous. He also found a way to reach fame. He is an imitator of Elvis Presley. The lyrics of the great hits once played by the "king of rock-and-roll" have been translated into Romany, and Tudor Lakatos gets ready for the tour to Constanta. His Romany-Rock repertoire is the key to fame. ...

  • Viva Constanța!

    Tudor Lakatos is a school teacher. He is in his 40s, he's a Gypsy, and he wants to be famous. He also found a way to reach fame. He is an imitator of Elvis Presley. The lyrics of the great hits once played by the "king of rock-and-roll" have been translated into Romany, and Tudor Lakatos gets ready for the tour to Constanta. His Romany-Rock repertoire is the key to fame. ...

  • Vulva 3.0 between Taboo and Fine-Tuning

    Nowadays, the world around us is supercharged with sexuality and we are used to seeing explicit images of naked women and their sexual organs all around us. Nevertheless, most women are extremely prude when it comes to their own bodies. The image of the “ideal” vulva in the porn industry no longer represents the actual appearance of most female sexual organs today. Thus, female neuroses turn into a goldmine for the field of cosmetic surgery, which promises the perfect vagina. The film takes a critical look at sexual education and censorship, at pornography and surgical interventions, but also at activist campaigns against genital mutilation. ...