Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory 06
Thursday, 20 November at 6:00pm
Introduction by and discussion afterwards with Professor Constantin Iordachi, CEU, History Department
ODESSA (documentary film)
By Florin Iepan, Romania & Germany, 2010, Romanian with English subtitles, 52 min
The director embarks on a process to reveal the largest mass execution perpetrated by an ally of
Nazi Germany in Odessa (now Ukraine) which should lead to a public debate about Romania’s fascist
past and conclude with an official reaction on behalf of the Romanian people. At first hand, this seems
to be an impossible mission. In a story full of spectacular turn of events, with the director in front of
the camera, we discover his weaknesses, his doubts, the self-irony, the ups and downs of his campaign.
Unorthodox measures are employed in order to put the topic on the public agenda. During four years
of conferences, news coverage, TV programs and internet commentaries, Florin Iepan managed to
attract hostility and hatred from thousands of Romanians and from public figures known for their
anti-Semitic and nationalist opinions. At the same time he is encouraged by other fellow Romanians
who understand that if we don’t act now, when the country faces an economic crisis and a weak
democracy, history can repeat itself.
Free admission! Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Seats available from 5:30pm
Location: OSA Archivum at Central European University, 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.
'Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory 2 October - 20 November 2014' is a unique film series to
explore documentaries associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity. It's related to the CEU course called, Historiography: Themes in Its History and Approaches to Its Theory.
Programmers: Ioana Macrea-Toma, István Rév and Zsuzsanna Zádori.