The story of millions of Romanians who have ended up living between these borders and having to stand each other: just the way things happen in every large family. This is a journey through space and time, where family bridges the gap between every moment that has united us or torn us apart during all these years. By defining some various elements – language, nationality, religion, gastronomy, sports, politics, war, agriculture, traditions, music or fashion – the documentary explores how these aspects of life have modeled and influence our family. Șerban Georgescu • Romania • 2019 • 95′
„Meals were very important for the Romanian family. They used to dress up for meals, especially for lunches, which was the most important meal. The entire family gathered around the table and you were not allowed to be late for lunch.” (author Ioana Pârvulescu)
Liviu Tofan, Oana Muntean
Bogdan Slăvescu, Ştefan Anghel
Kolectiv Art, Studioul Video
Şerban has been active in the documentary and adverstising world for over two decades. Since 2006 he has collaborated with production companies from Norway, Denmark and Switzerland. In 2003 he was the director and DoP for Everest, a film about the first full-Romanian expedition on the Everest. His documentary feature Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons received the Best Documentary Award from the Romanian Filmmakers’ Union in 2017.
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Throughout his life, Cezar Mititelu never had any kind of property. He refused to be ever employed and referred to paid work as “corruption”. In the eyes of the communist authorities, he was a “social parasite”, hunted all his life by the Secret Police and sent to prison twice. For some people, however, Cezar Mititelu was a teacher, a bearer of light in a world made of lies and ignorance. For his followers, this man was the proof that a life of complete freedom was really possible, with one condition: stepping outside of the lies and the hypocrisy created by the so-called modern life and starting the search for the true humanity that’s inside each of us. Mihai Mincan, George Chiper-Lillemark • Romania • 2018 • 105′
A math teacher from Transilvania becomes a local Don Quixote when he quits the conventional education system and opens a private school in his small apartment. Throughout an entire academic term we follow his struggle to rekindle the students’ passion of learning and change their lives for the better. Alex Brendea • Romania • 2019 • 83′
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan arrived in Romania on the 17th of december 1989 – just a few hours before all borders were closed. He was an art student in Germany and returned to Sanpetru Mare to visit his grandparents. What happened in this small village not far from Timisoara during the week prior to Christmas 1989? From the very first day the young photographer followed the people with his camera. What he captured was heated rebellion and anarchy in his native village, mass protests, looting and severely wounded bodies in Timişoara. Based on the rare and never before published images, his new film traces the protagonists of that time and portraits them 30 years later. During the encounter the people watch for the first time these historical pictures and rediscover a crucial moments of their life. Facing it brings back the fear, courage and dreams they share in this documentary. The author shows a little explored side of the Romanian Revolution through personal stories at the end of the Ceausescu`s ”Golden Age“. A portrait of unknown heroes of a society in turmoil.
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan • • 2019 • 54′