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“Siberia in the bones” movie screening

Published on: Wed, 27/03/2024 - 23:08

The audience in Washington DC had the chance to embark on a poignant journey through the harrowing tale of Moldovan families deported to Siberia, where childhoods were shattered and lives forever altered.

The screening of the movie “Siberia in the bones”, held on March 26, 2024, at the VoC museum, gathered a full house and moved the viewers with the confessions of four protagonists, who were forcibly sent to Siberia in the second wave of deportations.

In this touching narrative, the filmmaker's own mother's story unfolds amidst the silence and stigma that once enveloped this taboo subject. Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, the deported displayed remarkable resilience akin to unyielding rocks.

“Even within my own family, the scars of deportation were silently borne, overshadowed by deep religiosity and unwavering piety” said Ambassador Viorel Ursu when introducing the movie.

Yet, as we bear witness to these stories, we're reminded of the vital imperative to remember, lest we risk repeating the horrors of history.

We thank the filmmaker Leontina Vatamanu for bravely sharing these important stories, shedding light on the untold struggles of Moldovan families deported to Siberia. Her dedication to preserving these memories ensures that their voices are heard and their experiences honored. Her work serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the imperative to confront the shadows of history. Thank you for your contribution to our collective understanding and remembrance!

Special thanks to Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Museum and the team for graciously hosting this event!