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Aliyah Dada

Religion, Jewish Film, Europe, Holocaust
Oana Giurgiu
116 minutes


GOPO Award for Best Documentary, Romania

Best Editor DocuArt Film Festival, Bucharest

Official Selection
Astra Film Festival, Romania
Romanian Film Festival at Stanford
Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival
Jewish Culture Festival, Poland

“Aliyah Dada is one of the most pleasant and refreshing surprises of the contemporary Romanian cinema. Oana Giurgiu’s documentary is a personal, very well documented and intelligently presented investigation into the history of Jewish presence in Romania.”
-Film Magazine, Romania



A cultural renaissance is happening in Israel today, catalyzed by the half a million Romanian Jews in the country. Oana Giurgiu, a Romanian filmmaker raised under the "Supreme Communist Truth," rights history in her Dadaist-inflected film on the immigration of Romanian Jews to Israel. Oana's journey through time and geography produces a rich and deeply textured history beginning with the great Aliyah to the Holy Land, then 19th century Ottoman Palestine, through the horrors of the Second World War in Romania, and to the subsequent secret dealings by the Romanian Communist Party, and arriving at the cultural transformation happening today.



Oana Giurgiu, graduate in Journalism and Law, is a producer of films, TV programs and music videos. She is currently executive director of Transilvania International Film Festival.

Oana produced “THE KINO CARAVAN” by Titus Muntean, co-production with Filmkombinat (Germany), premiered in Pussan 2009; “SOMEWHERE IN PALILULA” debut film of acclaimed theatre director Silviu Purcarete, premiere in Karlovy Vary 2012; second feature of Tudor Giurgiu “OF SNAILS AND MEN” the Romanian boxoffice hit in 2012, awarded in 2012 at WarsawIFF and Valladolid IFF.


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