Centrul Astra Film

 

 

Astra Film Festival

Jews for Sale

Radu Gabrea,  Romania 2012 74'

Cinematography: Alexandru Macarie, Diana Vidraşcu, Nic Burghelea
Editing: Melania Oproiu
Music: Joe Reininger
Producer: Victoria Ciocas
Film Presentation:
The film approaches an unusual subject - "the largest citizen sale operation ever employed by a European state”. In 1974, a Romanian passenger carrying a diplomatic passport boarded from the Zürich airport with the destination Bucharest. Upon arrival in Bucharest, he noticed that one of his suitcases was missing. It was a suitcase handed over by an old acquaintance shortly before his departure. The diplomat was General M., a commander in the General Office of Foreign Intelligence, the Securitate's espionage division. The suitcase contained one million dollars designed to facilitate the emigration to Israel for a certain number of Jews. This is just one episode in the history of the human trafficking operations organized by the Romanian communist state: the sale of Jew Romanian citizens to Israel.
Festivals/Awards:
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Director's Bio-Filmography:
Radu Gabrea is a Romanian director and screenwriter. He has a Ph.D. in Social Communications from the Catholic University in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He directed Maria Callas – La Divina” after “Master class” by Terrence McNally, appreciated by the audiences in New York, Washington, Tampere (International Theatre Festival), Helsinki, Canberra (International Cultural Festival), Sydney. Selective filmography: 2012 Trei zile până la Crăciun (Doc.) 2012 Mănuși Roșii 2011 Două lumi în muzică (Doc.) 2008 Romania! Romania! II: Căutându-l pe Schwartz (Doc.) 2008 Gruber's Journey 2007 Cocoșul decapitat 2006 Romania! Romania! (Doc.) 2004 Goldfaden's Legacy (Doc.) 2002 Noro 2001 Struma (Doc.)
Director's / Curator's Statement:
The film approaches an unusual subject - "the largest citizen sale operation ever employed by a European state”. In 1974, a Romanian passenger carrying a diplomatic passport boarded from the Zürich airport with the destination Bucharest. Upon arrival in Bucharest, he noticed that one of his suitcases was missing. It was a suitcase handed over by an old acquaintance shortly before his departure. The diplomat was General M., a commander in the General Office of Foreign Intelligence, the Securitate's espionage division. The suitcase contained one million dollars designed to facilitate the emigration to Israel for a certain number of Jews. This is just one episode in the history of the human trafficking operations organized by the Romanian communist state: the sale of Jew Romanian citizens to Israel.
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Program:
Wednesday 16.10.2013 19:00, Sala SAUCAN
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