In Romanian with English subtitles, 2016
Editing: Gabi Basalici
Image: Miklos Klaus Rosza
Fragments of a Life is a video combining intimate family conversations between Olga Stefan and her grandmother, Sorana Ursu (now 91), with footage, photographs, and other images from the past and present, creating an assemblage of memories and impressions that both support and reject historical events. Through the personal account of Sorana Ursu, whose father was killed during the 1941 Iasi pogrom, along with those of other members of the family now in Israel and the United States, biographical fragments are pieced together in a desperate attempt to establish a coherent narrative of life, while acknowledging the incomplete image of reality they present, the malleability of memory, and the tragedy of forgetting that is an inherent part of survival. The story follows Sorana Ursu’s life in the wartime years, her evolution into a communist and ultimately her disillusionment, while exploring issues of identity, migration, displacement, and belonging.
In Romanian with English subtitles, 2017
in collaboration with Virsta4 and Ileana Szasz
The film presents the personal stories of the residents of the Moses Rosen Retirement Home in Bucharest, taking us through the Jewish quarter, in the areas where scenes of antisemitic violence took place during the 1941 pogrom, at the houses of the film’s subjects, and in front of the buildings that played an important role in the life of the Jewish community and Jewish identity before, during and after the war.
Poveştile personale ale rezidenţilor căminului Rosen ne poartă prin zonele şi spaţiile din cartierul evreiesc, prin locurile unde au avut loc episoadele de violenţă antisemită în timpul pogromului din 1941, pe la casele unde au trăit povestitorii/toarele filmului şi la clădiri importante pentru viaţa comunităţii evreieşti. Aflăm despre condiţiile în care trăiau evreii din Bucureşti în timpul războiului, despre impactul legilor rasiale asupra situaţiei şi vieţii de zi cu zi a evreilor, și identitatea evreiască de după război.
In French and English with English subtitles, 2016
The Wild Child of Jassy is the first recording of the artist thoroughly detailing his experiences during World War II in Iasi, Romania, specifically recounting his 2010 trip to his natal country searching for traces of his father, and his disappointment at the land he found. Daniel also discusses existential topics, like life and death, belonging, and homelessness, and the role art plays in the face of meaninglessness.