The Danube Delta in Romania – the ‘Last European Sanctuary’ – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While major efforts are made to protect biodiversity, the plight of local communities is largely overlooked. Social scientists claim that the traumatic nature of the swamp bears heavy on the villagers’ lives. But is Nature really to blame?
Swamp dialogues is based on extensive field-research in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Through a careful ‘argument montage’ built entirely on cinematic language the film represents an anthropological analysis formulated in image and sound.
Ildikó Plájás studied Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Romania and Hungary, later graduating in Visual Ethnography at Leiden University. Swamp Dialogues is her first anthropological film.
Ildikó Plájás will join us at Pelicam this year for a Q&A after the screening on Saturday.