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.



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

Financed by Norway Grants and The Fritt Ord Foundation. Developed at ESoDoc and Viken Pro.



The Norwegian Documentary Festival, 2018, Norway
Nordic/Docs, 2018, Norway
Odense International Film Festival, 2018, Denmark
Bergen International Film Festival, 2018, Norway
Montecatini International Short Film Festival, 2018, Italy
Balkans Beyond Borders, 2018, Serbia



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