Arsencik’s First Birthday
Valentin-Rareș Fogoroș • Romania • 2022 • 23 min
The first days of the war: a young mother from Ukraine crosses the border to Romania so that her baby, who will soon turn 1, can be safe.
With news about the Ukrainian war raging in the background, the film shoes authentic fragments from one of the thousands of similar stories of women transiting Romania with their children, on their way to meet their families in the West.
A child's first year alive finds him entangled in the Ukraine’s Refugee Crisis. His mother fights to get him a EU passport as the threat of nuclear war looms on.