Untold stories of Moldavian mothers: on family archives, rituals and survival.
In the early 1990s, women left Moldova en masse to support their families. Unable to return home, they found a peculiar way to stay in touch: they sent boxes of gifts and food one could only dream of back then. In return, their children sent video tapes. In thousands of families, this exchange became a ritual. Through these private archives, Otilia Babara shows the frailty of family ties between mothers and daughters, forced to live apart to survive. At the same time, these intimate memories sketch a portrait of a post-Soviet country where women, at times unwittingly, came to lead the transition from communism to capitalism.
73 minutes, in Romanian with English subtitles. Followed by a discussion with the director and artist Hoda Siahtiri (in English).
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