The Dead Nation

The Dead Nation

A film by Race Jude | 2017 | 83 minutes

A work of startling power and originality, acclaimed director Radu Jude’s (AFERIM!) documentary-essay, THE DEAD NATION, examines the rise of anti-Semitism in Romania prior to and during World War II almost entirely through audio of diary entries belonging to a Jewish doctor and black-and-white photographs of provincial life in Romania between the years 1937 and 1944.


“Striking in its aesthetic purity, with beautiful images placed in the context of scarcely conceivable horrors, the film is a multi-dimensional snapshot of history. Quietly stunning. Jude has pulled off that rare feat of crafting a highly accessible but complex, ambiguous and significant work of cinematic art.”
– Hollywood Reporter

“Radu Jude weaves old photos, diary extracts and news reports into a meditative collage about Jewish persecution in WWII-era Romania. Scintillatingly well-chosen… the photos really are stunningly evocative. Jude lets the contrast between image and sound create its own tensions and provocations.”
– Variety