The Dead Nation

Dir. Radu Jude | 83 min
Documentary Romania 2017 Romanian with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Wednesday, May 96:15 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

Sunday, May 135:30 PM AFI Silver Theatre

A Jewish doctor from Bucharest begins keeping a diary after the 1937 election of an anti-Semitic Nationalist to Prime Minister of Romania.

Heralded auteur Radu Jude (Aferim!, Scarred Hearts) reads between the lines of this telling text, sets the chilling narrative against everyday stills taken by a rural photographer, and a stark soundtrack composed of patriotic anthems from the time. These interwoven elements unlock a harrowing story that the photos alone could not reveal—one of rising anti-Semitism, violence, and deportations in the lead up to the Romanian Holocaust.

Co-presented by Embassy of Romania


  • Best Romanian Documentary
    2017, Astra Film Festival Sibiu


  • Jude has pulled off that rare feat of crafting a highly accessible but complex, ambiguous and significant work of cinematic art.Hollywood Reporter
  • It would be hard to find a more necessary and relevant film than The Dead Nation.Cineuropa


Print Source

Taskovski Films
Bojana Maricm


This event finished on May 14, 2018.