Romanian Film Festival Seattle 2020 [Online]

The Soviet Garden (Q&A on Nov. 15)

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Zoom Q&A with director Dargoș Turea on Nov. 15 at 9:00pm PST! This talk will be LIVE on this page at that time, and will be automatically recorded and added to the end of the film playlist for later viewing. Please note: this film program and its accompanying livestream are available only to viewers in the United States.

The connection between the mysterious death of the director’s grandmother and the history of the Soviet experiments in atomic gardening demands the unveiling of the Soviet agriculture policies and their health and ecological consequences. Initially encouraged, later threatened, Moldovan scientists had to engineer seeds to produce bigger crops.

Combining archival footage with first-hand witnesses’ accounts, the film feels more like a mystery than a documentary. Appreciated by film critics and the public at large, the documentary was nominated at the Astra Film Festival Award in Sibiu and at the Sarajevo Film Competition.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    76 minutes
  • Language
    Romanian & Russian with English subtitles
  • Country
    Moldova & Romania
  • Premiere
    WA State
  • Director
    Dragos Turea
  • Screenwriter
    Dragos Turea
  • Producer
    Parmis Film, Rova Film