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The Soviet Garden

DirectorDragos Turea
ProducerParmis Film Studio – Dragos Turea, Rova Film – Mariana Crisan
WriterDragos Turea, Marian Crisan
CameraIon Bors
EditorVadim Severin
MusicCristian Lolea
Original TitleGRADINA SOVIETICA
Year2019
Length76 min
CountryRomania/Moldova
SubtitlesEnglish
SectionDOCUMENTARIES OPEN DEBATES

The focus of this engaging investigative documentary is the shocking truth about the well-hidden experiments of the Soviet government, in which an atomic garden was created in Moldova that would supply all Soviet States with amazingly huge crops of various vegetables.
The film will be introduced by Otto Boele, senior lecturer on Russian cinema at Leiden University. He will also moderate the Live Talk / Masterclass with the director Dragos Turea on November 11 at 16:00 hours via Zoom.

Synopsis

Stimulated by his grandmother’s lethal illness and her memories on some mysterious agricultural experiments in the past, Moldavian filmmaker Dragos decides to investigate why cancer rate has increased in his home country lately and whether there is some connection between the fatal statistics and these secret scientific endeavours. This very personal documentary digs into rare found footage in order to portray the industrial shock imposed on Moldova by the Soviet State, while unveiling the secret plan of Nikita Khrushchev to transform Moldova into the Soviet Garden through the application of atomic energy in agriculture.