Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Elisabeth Escher, Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs explores a young girl’s embrace of her heritage and her family’s past as she grapples with a newfound identity.
“One of the most pleasant and refreshing surprises of the contemporary Romanian cinema…personal, very well documented and intelligently presented.”
— Film Magazine, Romania
This rich tale of love and hate uncovers the 100 year old story of the Romanian Jews’ return to the Holy Land, and delves into the adventures of the first settlers who abandoned their lives in Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, leaving their quiet community in Moinești to establish one of the first kibbutzim. Unfolding like a twisted fable, Aliyah Dada richly captivates with dark and disturbing revelations, including the trade of Romanian Jews to Israel during the regime of the Romanian Communist Party and the deaths of 13,000 Jews in Iași.
115 mins / Hebrew, Romanian (English subtitles)
Director — Oana Giurgiu