“Beyond an amazing quest for cinema precurseurs The Manakia Brothers, Eliza Zdru's film, filled with unique archive footage, is a serendipitous road movie through time, across the Balkans history and cultural landscapes." - Thierry Garrel - producer and consultant, former Head of Documentaries at Arte France
Director: Eliza Zdru Cast: N/A Photography: Paula Onet Script: Eliza Zdru Editing: Letitia Stefanescu Sound: Tudor Petre Produced by: SAGA FILM, Alexandru Teodorescu Running time: 90 Year: 2017 Co-produced by : Blitz Film Story by : Eliza Zdru Markets / funding:

State Funding from the Romanian National Film Centre (CNC), 2013

When East Meets West Co-production platform, Trieste Film Festival, 2015

East Silver Market, Jhilava International Documentary Film Festival, 2016.


BDC Discoveries workshop, Best pitch award, 2013

Festivals: Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, 2016
Culese din Balcani, Bucuresti, 2016. Presentation file / teaser

A mysterious photograph of my great grandparents taken in the 1920’s somewhere in the Balkans reminds me of two Aromanian photographers, famous in the region at the time – Milton and Ianaki Manakia. Trying to verify the assumption that my great grandparents, also of Aromanian origin, were indeed photographed by the two brothers, I embark on a journey through Romania – Bulgaria – Macedonia – Greece trying to recompose the lifestory of the two people who became the very first filmmakers in the region, devoted documentarists of the most dramatic changes that reshaped the face of the Balkans in the first part of the XXth century.

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