Scared, Alone, and Paranoid in Transnistria

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to go visit Transnistria, the “country that doesn’t exist”, but, of course, very much does exist. But an unexpected burst of cold rain and a malfunctioning battery quickly turned our carefree day trip into something we could never have anticipated. This is a true story. Chisinau has several…

A Cheap Sacrifice

I see that the world media is enjoying this: In the first case of its kind since the end of the communist era in Romania, an appeals court in Bucharest has upheld a jail sentence against a prison commander convicted of crimes against humanity for the death of 12 political prisoners more than 50 years…

NYT reviews ‘The Treasure’

Wow, another dark and depressing film about Romania’s past? Gee, what a shocker! “The Treasure” is [Costi’s] fourth feature — take place in the thoroughly disenchanted world of post-Communist Romania, and the attention he pays to that world is measured and meticulous. He favors extended takes, medium- to long-range shots and minimal camera movements. Rather…