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Mamaliga Blues

Directed by Cassio Tolpolar

US-Brazil-Moldova | 70 minutes | 2014

Portuguese, Russian, Yiddish with English subtitles

In 1931, Abram Tolpolar and his wife, Rachel, emigrated from Bessarabia, Moldova to southern Brazil. After 77 years, their only child, Mauro Tolpolar, makes the trip back. Accompanied by his two kids, who never had a chance to meet their grandparents, Mauro visits his parents’ birthplace in order to find answers to an unrevealed past. Having only one remaining photograph of a lost family grave, the Tolpolars drive through ancient villages, walk through abandoned cemeteries, and meet locals in their quest to find out what happened to their relatives who disappeared during the Holocaust.

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Cassio Tolpolar was born and raised in the south of Brazil and worked for seven years as an Assistant Director on various documentaries, short films, TV shows, and commercials. Mamaliga Blues is his feature film debut.
Director Cassio Tolpolar
Countries of Production US-Brazil-Moldova
Year of Presentation 2014
Language(s) Portuguese, Russian, Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 70 minutes
Principal Cast Cassio Tolpolar
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