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A remarkable documentary on a most unusual subject: the career gravediggers at Moldova’s Doina cemetery—the largest in Eastern Europe, comprising some 250,000 graves spread out over two million square meters of land. With a patient, observant style worthy of his austere subject, director Pavel Cuzuioc follows these solitary men as they go about their solemn task in summer heat and winter frost, some having inherited the job from their fathers, all showing a sincere respect for their monotonous but necessary work. Occasionally, the loved ones of the dead—and a future tenant meeting with her headstone engraver—pass through this sea of grass, cement and marble; but mostly, the men dig, and in doing so remind themselves that they are still alive.

  • Directed By Pavel Cuzuioc
  • 2011
  • Romania
  • 55 minutes