“When justice fails to be a form of memory, memory alone can be a form of justice”
Between Silence and Sin explores the life and work of dissident Romanian poet Ana Blandiana, an artist threatened, censored, and banned by the Communist dictatorship. Even now, she continues to fight to reveal the truth about the past and to build a free and democratic future.
An intense biography about beliefs, censorship, and the power of writing, this film explores the contrast between the sensibility of the poet and the strength of the truth-seeker. The film interweaves never-before-seen archival materials and personal testimonials from Blandiana, punctuated with momentous poetry written by her over eight decades. The result is a showcase of the ease with which truth and propaganda blur, and the importance of art as the last bastion of a nation’s collective soul in the face of oppression.
As authoritarian governments wrestle for control throughout the world, in countries long considered to be bulwarks of democracy and free speech, the story of Ana Blandiana is more relevant than ever.