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The Deathless Woman

The Deathless Woman is a ghost story for the 21st Century, by writer-director Roz Mortimer, 2019, UK, 89 min

This urgent and magical hybrid documentary fluidly interweaves fantastical re-imaginings of buried secrets with a ghostly narration and direct to camera testimony from survivors and witnesses of historic and contemporary crimes against the Roma in Poland and Hungary.

A Roma woman buried alive in a forest in Poland during WWII returns to haunt us, uncovering a history of atrocities against the Roma in Europe. She is the Deathless Woman. Motivated by rage, she rises from her grave to draw our attention to the persecution of the Roma people from the 1940s to the neo-Nazi hate crimes of the present day.

 

 “A powerful and poetic account of WWII Roma genocide and its contemporary resurrection. Hugely successful on both an artistic and a political level, it is a remarkable piece of work.”

Trisha Tuttle (BFI London Film Festival Director)

Full Film Synopsis

The Deathless Woman is a ghost story for the 21st Century.

When a series of uncanny events lead The Seeker to a forest in Poland she meets Zofia, a distraught elderly woman who hands her a note written in Polish that she cannot understand. Returning months later with an interpreter she hears the story of The Deathless Woman, a Roma matriarch who was buried alive in the forest by German soldiers in 1942. The Deathless Woman begins to haunt The Seeker, leading her and us on an other-worldly and emotionally-charged journey from the Nazi era to the present day, revealing stories of genocide and resistance that have been omitted from the history books.

The Deathless Woman’s narrative draws us from the scene of her death to other sites of Roma persecution. She hovers above the Gypsy Camp at Birkenau on the night the Roma revolt against their Nazi captors. She glides under the man-made lake in Várpalota that covers the land where 118 women and children were massacred in 1945. She passes through the burnt-out house in Tatárszentgyörgy where neo-Nazis murdered a Roma family in 2009. She crosses the border into the virtual realm of digital landscapes of the Internet, encountering hate speech and Olah Action, a racist ‘shoot-em-up’ video game where in 2005 players were invited to gun down unarmed Roma as they ran through the streets. This urgent and magical hybrid documentary fluidly interweaves fantastical re-imaginings of buried secrets with a ghostly narration and direct to camera testimony from survivors and witnesses of historic and contemporary crimes against the Roma in Poland and Hungary.

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Press Pack “The Deathless Woman”
(2020, pdf download)

Official Trailer

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About the film

 

PROJECT INFORMATION
Original Title: The Deathless Woman
Country: UK
Director: Roz Mortimer
Language: Romani (Lovari dialect), English, Polish, Hungarian
Subtitles: English
Year: 2019
Premiere: BFI London Film Festival 2019
Genre: Hybrid Documentary
Format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Running Time: 89 min.

CAST & CREW
Production Company: Wonderdog Films
Writer-Director-Producer: Roz Mortimer
Director of Photography: Peter Emery
Editor: Daniel Goddard
Sound Editor: Chu-Li Shewring
Composer: Stefan Smith
Script Editor: Margaret Glover
Casting Director: Lucy Casson
Production Designer: Roz Mortimer

WITNESSES
Witnesses from Poland (Bielcza, Szczurowa, Żabno, Borzęcin)
Witnesses from Hungary (Várpalota, Tatársentgyörgy)

CAST
The voice of The Deathless Woman: Iveta Kokyová
The Seeker: Loren O’Dair
The Boy: Oliver Malik

CONTACT  
films@wonder-dog.co.uk 
www.wonder-dog.co.uk   
www.thedeathlesswoman.com

SOCIAL MEDIA 
Twitter: @deathlesswoman  
Facebook: @thedeathlesswoman

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