Moldowa Lost in Transition

A film by Fritz Ofner, Gerald Knaus

A 2012, 52 Min.

Synopsis

Part of ORF’s BALKAN EXPRESS documentary series:

 

MOLDOWA LOST IN TRANSITION is a portrait of Moldava, Europe’s poorest country, and its struggle to find an autonomous identity somewhere between the EU and Russia. The film provides a fascinating look at a rich and unspoiled culture which is for the most part unknown beyond the country’s borders.

 

This film will create powerful images, such as scenes of rough but seemingly idyllic village life. As practiced there, agriculture resembles what it was like in Austria a century ago: done by hand, with donkey carts, and in many cases at subsistence level. The villages are also home to a wealth of stories about Moldavans’ difficult lives: Families are torn apart when working-age residents emigrate, leaving the children and elderly behind.

 

Transnistria is home to a culture that seems frozen in time; monuments and apartment buildings made of prefabricated concrete slabs have not changed since the days of the Soviet Union. Time seems to stand still here, and a smoldering conflict with Moldava is still ongoing, though officially this Russian protectorate remains part of the country.

 

In spite of all these contradictions, a vibrant art and cultural scene has developed here. The performance of Zdob si Zdub at the Eurovision song contest held in Ukraine was unforgettable, where the band blew the international audience away with its ethno punk. Its version of Austrian Hubert von Goisern’s hit song “Koa Hitamadl” made it to no. 1 on the Moldovan charts. 

 

Credits

 

Director:

Fritz Ofner

 

Script: 

Gerald Knaus

 

Idea & Concept:


Knut Neumayer


Martin Traxl

Gerald Knaus

 

Research:

Adriana Ciobanu

Eggert Hardten

Yana Zabanova
 

 

Photography:

Christian Haake

Fritz Ofner

Dominik Spritzendorfer

 

Sound:

Peter Kutin

 

Production Management:

Corina Boaghe

 

Editor:

Max Kliewer

 

Producers:

Markus Glaser

Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter 

 

Production:

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

 

in coproduction with:

ORF

  

An initiative of ERSTE Stiftung

In cooperation with ESI - European Stability Initiative

 

with support of:

Fernsehfonds Austria / RTR

 

Dates

20.12.2012 00:30

ORF III

26.11.2012 22:55

3sat

28.10.2012 23:05

ORF 2

with support of

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ESI_Web
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fernsehfonds_austria

Production

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