For three decades, since the so-called "The '89 Revolution", we have remained the spectators of a macro-event, the details of which have never been accessible. Only a part of the puzzle was revealed: indeed, there was an uprising met with euphoria, and a never seen before manipulation on television, while behind the close doors a military coup was actually happening. Now, the only meaningful, necessary exercise is to watch the archival footage and let ourselves be carried by the emotional turmoil they cause.
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 Europe in the fall and winter of 1989, history took place before our very eyes. Demonstrators occupy the building of the Romanian National Television in Bucharest and broadcast continuously for 120 hours. Between December 21 and 26, the cameras recorded events at the most important locations in city. If at the outbreak of the uprising only one camera dared to record, hundreds were in operation on the following day. Here is what they captured.
Andrei Ujică, Harun Farocki • Romania • 1992 • 106′