As an instrument of ideological domination, language, both verbal and visual, defines, describes, delimits and dissimulates the manner in which the social, political and economic reality of a society is perceived. In order to critique a dominant group's ideology, one must fragment and recontextualize its discourse. THE CERTAINTY OF PROBABILITIES seeks such a critique. Comprised entirely of archival footage produced during 1968, one of the most optimistic and prosperous years in the history of socialist Romania by the most important state-run documentary film studio, this essay film surveys the efforts undertaken by the state in order to ensure social stability in a society claiming to have quashed all exploitative and alienating labour relations.


The Certainty Of Probabilities

Romania 2021, 89 min, Aspect ratio: 1:1:85 / 1, 1:33 - New Release

Written & Directed by: Raluca Durbacă
Produced by: Velvet Moraru - ICON production
Archive material: filmed on 35 mm and scanned in 2K
Printed film format: DCP
Color: black and white/color
Sound: Mono
Editing: Letitia Ștefănescu
Sound processing: Alex Dragomir
Graphics: Cristian Călin
Cinematography consultant: Marius Panduru
Supported by: The National Film Center - Romania, Publicis Groupe, Zenith Media and the Romanian National Television
Language: Romanian, French, Spanish with English subtitles

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As an instrument of ideological domination, language, both verbal and visual, defines, describes, delimits and dissimulates the manner in which the social, political and economic reality of a society is perceived. In order to critique a dominant group's ideology, one must fragment and recontextualize its discourse. THE CERTAINTY OF PROBABILITIES seeks such a critique. Comprised entirely of archival footage produced during 1968, one of the most optimistic and prosperous years in the history of socialist Romania by the most important state-run documentary film studio, this essay film surveys the efforts undertaken by the state in order to ensure social stability in a society...

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