The ending is known: on June 29, 1992, two Roma men are found dead in a farmer’s field near the German-Polish border. But how does the narrative begin? Artist-filmmaker Philip Scheffner asks a series of questions to compose an increasingly disturbing collage of landscape and memory. Through witness testimonies, documents and investigations, he peels back the layers of the unsolved case. Problems of immigration, survival and discrimination are unearthed and left exposed against the pastoral windmill-filled blue skies of the farmer’s field today. Disparate versions and perspectives of contemporary European history connect places, individuals and recollections to form a fragile pattern. We become witnesses to chilling facts that speak for themselves, unfolding in measured suspense. Originally described as anonymous victims, Scheffner gives Grigore Velcu and Eudache Calderar’s stories depth and life as he transforms investigative journalism into formally brilliant cinematic revision. Gisèle Gordon
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