The Unmasking


Uninterrupted torture, blasphemy, humiliation, spiritual collapse, forgiveness – this is the road that 600 of the best romanian students were pushed through in the Piteşti prison between 1949 and 1951. Unique by its complexity and its gruesome nature, the action combined the most violent and various methods of physical torture with psychological violence and forced victims to become abusers. 60 years later, the victims talk about one of the most inhuman retaliatory measures in recent history.

The film is based on the combined statements of eight of the victims tortured in the Piteşti prison, who tell us about the stages and tortures which they were forced to go through, the spiritual frame of mind they experienced, and offer us considerations about the purposes and effects of those actions. Stirring and tough testimonials, but voided of hatred and ardour. The exciting 70 minutes of testimony are divided into 11 chapters: "The purpose of the Piteşti action", "The beginning: gaining trust", "The outbreak of violences", "The steps", "Ţurcanu", "The horrors", "The blasphemies", "The despair", "The hope", "The end of the action" and "Do you have any regrets?".

"The Unmasking" (“Demascarea”) is a coproduction of the Christian Foundation Father Arsenie Boca, AGER Film, the Institute for the Investigation of Crimes of Communism and the Memory of Romanian Exile, www.fenomenulpitesti.ro, supported by the Romanian branch of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and came to life between October 2009 - December 2010. Nicolae Mărgineanu is the director of the documentary, while the script was conceived by the historian Alin Mureşan, author of two volumes dedicated to the Piteşti phenomenon.

In addition to the 70-minute film, the DVD contains a bonus chapter of seven minutes named "On Forgiveness" and the two official trailers. All the materials are subtitled in Romanian, English, French, German and Spanish. The film is available for sale in Romania through the Christian Foundation Father Arsenie Boca for the price of 10 RON and through the bookstore chain Cărtureşti, the library Sophia and the library Mihai Eminescu, based in Bucharest.

Also, by the courtesy of the Christian Foundation Father Arsenie Boca and www.fenomenulpitesti.ro, the film benefited from public screenings in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Washington DC and Buzău, other screenings being scheduled for Bucharest (in September), Braşov (June 22) and Câmpina (July 10). We are pleased to announce that the film was also selected to participate in the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF 2011, Cluj-Napoca) and the Râşnov Historical Film Festival.

Translation by Anduţa Tănase

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