This HBO-produced documentary is a perfect companion piece to Oana Giurgiu’s Aliyah DaDa in that it similarly unearths, though in more traditional fashion, another of Ceaușescu’s schemes to shamelessly profit from the plight of his own people. Răzvan Georgescu’s film is the untold account of one of the largest and most scandalous human-trade mysteries in postwar Europe: how could 246,000 ethnic Germans from Romania have been secretly sold to Germany during the Cold War without anyone else noticing? It’s a mind-blowing story that chronicles the evolution of the deal as well as its complex consequences. Meticulously researched and crafted, Trading Germans is a highly emotional experience, especially when its uprooted heroes discuss identity and what “homeland” means to them