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Doc Talk: Screening and Q&A with Oana Giurgiu “Aliyah Dada” (2014, 116 min)

Oana Giurgiu’s documentary “Aliyah DaDa” is a journey of discovery and an adventure in form. It explores the history of Jewish Romanians from the nineteenth century to the end of the Communist regime in the form of collage, comprising narrative testimony and archival footage while also referencing the work of the early twentieth century Dadaist avant-garde movement and its founders Tristan Tzara and Marcel Janco.

Oana Giurgiu is an acclaimed film producer whose narrative films — Why me?, Sieranevada, Of Snails and Men, Delta, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu — were recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale, the European Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards. Completed in 2015, Aliyah DaDa, her debut documentary as a director, went on to win the Gopo Romanian Film Industry Award for Best Documentary, and was screened worldwide, including being featured at the New Romanian Cinema festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center last year.

Please join us for this stylish presentation of East European history that unites documentation and free form Dadist invention. The filmmaker will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Hosted by Deanna Kamiel, Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies Program.

Sponsored by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies and the School of Media Studies.

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