La Revedere Transylvania, Germany, Ireland, Romania, 2006, 52 min, DVD, Society
'Leaving Transylvania' documents the exodus of the Transylvanian Saxons from Romania. The massive emigration from the early 90's wiped villages out and endangered the 800 years old cultural heritage. A continuation of this unique Eastern European minority seems impossible. The film exposes the dramatic steps before emigration and shows the disorientation of elderly Saxon couples from a village called Arbegen. Loneliness, fear of displacement, intermixed with a dose of healthy humour, charges the film with intense emotions and brings an unknown human story to life.
Director of photography:
Vilhjalmur Ragnarsson, Gordon Bruick, Corina Stavila
6 Fearnog, Lower Clybaun Road
Galway Cou, Ireland
Astra Documentary Festival, Sibiu-Romania 2006 - ICR Commendation