​Description of Work

“Mamaliga Blues” is a film about his family’s  journey through the Moldovan capital Chisinau, Edinitz, Orhei and many other cities and villages, experiencing what Moldova is, its variety of ethnicities, and the few Jews who still live there. This Jewish population is not renewing itself, it is not getting any younger, and its memories are fading. It belongs to a past that is slowly vanishing. Monuments, buildings, and landmarks of the once vibrant Jewish community are in decay. Having as a starting point only one remaining photograph of the grave, Cassio drove through ancient villages, walked in the bushes of abandoned cemeteries and met locals, looking for what happened to his relatives who disappeared during the Holocaust.




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. Cassio’s debut as a Director and Writer, the short 'Venus', was screened in a number of film festivals around the world and won several awards, leading him to direct for television and, ultimately, to move to the USA and complete an MFA in Film at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been affiliated with film institutions such as Sundance (Sundance/NHK Award and the Film Festival), Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Upon his arrival in the US, he worked in a number of experimental short films, TV shows and documentaries. Cassio currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is developing a feature film project and editing the documentary about his Jewish family roots in Moldova, titled 'Mamaliga Blues.'




"Mamaliga Blues" - Promo (in progress)

"Of Movable Things in the Air" - 2007

Los Angeles, CA

United States

Film & Video