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by Matthew Mishory


For over a hundred years, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak clearly or honestly about what happened. Absent is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship to their own history.

international title: Absent
original title: Absent
country: Romania, Switzerland, United States
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Matthew Mishory
film run: 71'
cinematography by: Michael Marius Pessah
film editing: Marc Cohen
music: Gilead Mishory
producer: Edward Singletary, Randall Walk, Sabin Dorohoi
production: Western Transylvania Studios, Iconoclastic Features [US], Willona Prod [US]


main awards/selection

Astra Film Festival 2015 

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