The Dry Valley

29 min, 2018

The Dry Valley is a portrait of a Romanian village and its inhabitants. For the Roma of Valea Seaca, Scandinavia has become a second home. Many travel regularly across Europe to earn money for their families at home, often through begging or street work. Two Norwegian filmmakers embark on a journey through the village in search for traces of Scandinavia. An unexpected and poetic portrayal of the effects of migration on those who leave and those who stay behind.

 

Credits
Director: Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Co-Director: Julia Dahr
Producer: Julia Dahr & Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Director of Photography: Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Editor: Adam Thomas
Sound Design: Karoline Fjugstad Wendelborg

Financed by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Fritt Ord Foundation.

Screenings

28 April 2018: The Norwegian Documentary Festival, Norway
2 May 2018: Nordic/Docs, Norway
22 May 2018: Kirkens Bymisjon, Norway
August 2018: Odense International Film Festival, Denmark

Awards
Best short documentary (Nordic/Docs 2018)
Honorary mention (The Norwegian Documentary Festival)

"It is a well photographed warmly told story, giving intimate portraits of the people portrayed. The director has chosen to focus on the story behind the story, and done it so very well." – Nordic/Docs

"This documentary takes a humanistic look at the untold story of a well-known issue. The filmmakers use a poetic language which results in a film that says a lot more than what the images show. The film gives a feeling of hope in a hopeless situation." – The Norwegian Documentary Festival