'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.
Off the Beaten Track
The film chronicles one year in the life of Albin and his family of shepherds in the North of Transylvania. In direct cinema style, this documentary follows their day to day routines, and their struggle to adapt to a new world where traditions are gradually replaced by modern values. Since joining the EU, Romania has been facing, like several other Eastern European countries, the pressure of modern values, introducing in farmer's lives the cruel notion of competition, the temptation of migrating to the higher salaries abroad, and the marginalisation of locally produced food against industrial products.
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