The Manakia Brothers (2016)

"Fratii Manakia" (original title)

Director: Eliza Zdru


Romania, documentary, 91', PG-13, subtitles: EN, RO

Trailer

Writter

Eliza Zdru

Cinematography

Paula Onet

Editing

Letitia Stefanescu

Producer

Alex Teodorescu

Synopsis

A mysterious photograph of her great grandparents taken in the 1920’s somewhere in the Balkans reminds the author of two Aromanian photographers, famous in the region at the time – Milton and Ianaki Manakia. Trying to verify the assumption that her great grandparents, also of Aromanian origin, were indeed photographed by the two brothers, she embarks on a journey through Romania – Bulgaria – Macedonia – Greece trying to recompose the lifestory of the two people who became the very first filmmakers in the region, devoted documentarists of the most dramatic changes that reshaped the face of the Balkans in the first part of the XXth century.