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′
„In those days, I mainly photographed the rebellion of the ordinary people: youngsters, elderly, children, mothers, students, workers and others. At that time I was not aware of the historical meaning of my actions. I was one of them and being there was the only thing which mattered in that moment. An existential experience which should change my life in the end.“
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan, Evelyn Wenzel
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan Filmproduction, www.heartbeatfilms.de
|Director of Photography||
Gioko Mandil Goce
Cristian Florin Ionescu
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan is an internationaly awarded Director, Cinematographer and Visual Artist who graduated at the Folkwang University of Arts in Germany.
In his documentary films and artistic portraits he deals with the transition and overcoming the past of totalitarian states.
Works about the Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, the role of mass media during the recent Balkan Wars, the changes after the Romanian Revolution, the relevance of Youth Resistance Fighters during the Third Reich are some of the topics that show his interest in political and social developments.
He was honored with the Grand Prix in Tokyo, Golden Hugo Chicago, Best Film in Oberhausen, Best Documentary at FICFF in Portugal, Academy Nomination Selection for Best Documentary Oscar, several Grimme Prizes Nominations, the German Human Rights Film Award and the Amnesty International Award.
His works have been screened at MoMa New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, Barbican Center London, Art Biennale Sao Paolo, Goethe Institute worldwide and they have been introduced by film talks with Alexander Kluge.
The interdisciplinary project ”Rebels With A Cause” includes the new documentary, a photobook and several exhibitions worldwide. It is an extension of his portraits of people on secondary sites — unknown, invisible and hidden charcters, stories beyond common narration, views on subjective realities and human dignity.
18.10.2019 – 18:00 Thalia
19.10.2019 – 15:00 Cinema Ion Besoiu – Sala Mica
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