WORLD PREMIERE BFI London Film Festival – October 6th & 12th 2019
The far right are rising again in Europe. 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.
This urgent and magical hybrid documentary fluidly interweaves fantastical re-imaginings of buried secrets with the Deathless Woman’s ghostly narration and testimony from survivors and witnesses of historic and contemporary crimes against the Roma in Poland and Hungary.
This emotionally charged film ends with a roll-call of violent and racially motivated attacks against the Roma in Europe. Starting with the Deathless Woman’s murder in Bielcza in 1942 and ending in 2019 with attacks in Italy, France and Bulgaria. By the time you read this, that list will be out of date.
The Deathless Woman is a ghost story for the 21st Century.