Robert Mugge




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Souvenirs of Bucovina

Now Available on DVD
from MVD Visual
(with optional Romanian subtitles)


A Romanian Survival Guide

A 119-minute film about the Bucovina region of Northern Romania, two thousand years of mostly foreign domination, and the survival strategies of Jews, Rroma (gypsies), and everyone else.

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Souvenirs of Bucovina

SOUVENIRS OF BUCOVINA: A Romanian Survival Guide is a two-hour documentary about the region of Bucovina which is located on the northern slopes of the central Eastern Carpathians and adjoining plains; which has been conquered repeatedly by outside forces; and which, since World War II, has been split between Northern Romania and Southern Ukraine. The film is divided into six parts: the first examines enduring treasures of the Bucovina region; the second introduces multiple generations of a unique Bucovinan family; the third explores some of the last remaining synagogues and cemeteries of the once-dominant Jewish population which was largely killed off or deported during and after the Second World War; the fourth explores the Rroma (gypsy) population which was enslaved for 500 years and which (like the Jewish population) was transported to death camps during World War II; the fifth examines ongoing Bucovinan and Romanian survival skills and compares life under Communism from the 1940s through the 1980s with life under Capitalism and democracy today; and the sixth explores the outbreak of color in Romanian society since the democratic revolution of 1989.

A Romanian Survival Guide
For tours of Northern Romania,
please contact Sorin Fodor via his
Painted Monasteries of Bucovina website:
Page design by Richard Turansky
Poster design by Emma Kate Fittes


World Premiere in Suceava, Romania
December 2013

Click Here to View: Romanian TV Interview Romanian TV spot





Doru-George Pascal of TV Plus Suceava interviews Robert Mugge and Diana Zelman about their 2013 film SOUVENIRS OF BUCOVINA: A ROMANIAN SURVIVAL GUIDE

Recorded December 14, 2013 and broadcast December 19, 2013