A personal story of filmmaker Ioana Joca's grandparents - two of the last generation of peasant farmers in Eastern Europe.

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My grandparents, Vasile and Ioana Bardea, are the protagonists of this documentary. They are peasants - plain and simple - and I spent many happy summers in my childhood on their farmstead in Posaga in a beautiful and, as yet, unspoilt valley in Transylvania in North West Romania. My grandfather is 80 years old. Every morning he wakes up at 5 o'clock, feeds his chickens and picks up his "grim reaper" scythe and climbs the hill behind his modest home to get to the field where he works until it gets dark. My grandfather's dream was to become a violinist. His father cruelly burnt his violins and sent him to work. Deep inside his soul, my grandfather remains a true artist. My grandmother believes strongly in God. My grandmother's dream was to live in a city, but that was never an option that her parents allowed her to take. Her education was cut short to be put to work on their smallholding and to carry on the family tradition. Now throughout the spring and summer months she lives in a ... Written by Ioana Joca

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The story of two people and a nation


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A piece of visual oral history
24 September 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The strength of this film is, that it develops a very personal view on Romania by letting two old people tell their story within this country. The director acts as an interviewer and also makes important links to give the spectator a bit of the bigger picture of Romanian history and presence. The dialog between grandparents and grandchild takes place in front of the peaceful Transylvania landscape and thereby awakes a sense of nostalgia. There has only been one moment when I would have liked to ask a question myself: Who have the been these people that where deported after World War II in the grandfathers village? But I take it as a question that motivates further studies about this beautiful country.

Overall a brilliant documentary. I would like to see more of this type from the director and hope that there are more projects in the pipeline.


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