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Romanian documentary has come a long way from the first attempts of the1990s when filmmakers eventually broke free from the communist censorship to the double Oscar nomination of Collective in 2021. Astra Film Festival is proud to have stood by this incredible journey every step of the way. Year after year, our Romanian competitive section has selected remarkable documentaries produced in the country as well as international productions connected to Romanian issues. The 2021 selection presents ten films; six are premieres and two of them are world premieres. It is a multifarious collection of stories told in the language of documentary cinema, about vulnerability and personal trauma; about strong characters with seemingly endless resources to fight back against a tough life; about communities undergoing change; and adventures and unknown stories from the recent past. They are surprising, touching, puzzling, sometimes amusing to watch and whatever emotion will prevail after watching them, it will most certainly not be indifference.

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