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Ratiu Foundation




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Ion and Elisabeth Ratiu established the Ratiu Foundation UK in London, in 1979. The main objective of the Foundation is to promote and support projects which further education and research in the culture and history of Romania and its people. Projects, undertaken in Romania, are encouraged on different subjects, such as patrimony, civil society, democracy, civilisation and environment protection. Grants are of variable size. The current Trustees are Elisabeth Ratiu, Indrei Ratiu, Ioana Ratiu, Nicolae Ratiu, Ileana Troiano-Tilea and Kitty Willis.


Ratiu Centre for Democracy

Ratiu Center for Democracy (CRD) is a non-profit organization which seeks to further the ideals of the late Ion Ratiu, a life-long advocate for democracy. The Center's mission is to encourage non-partisan promotion of the values and behaviors associated with democracy. This mission is accomplished through a wide range of activities at local, national and international levels.

Launched in July 2004, the Ratiu Center for Democracy operates some 20 not-for-profit programs annually in Romania and abroad. With initial support provided by leading faculty members at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (founded 1581) and the trustees of the Ratiu Family Foundation, London, United Kingdom (founded 1979), The Ratiu Center for Democracy are: Anna Lindh Foundation, American Chamber of Commerce in Romania, and partners with Asociatia Nationala a  Birourilor de Consiliere pentru Cetateni. 

 

                                       

Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

The Ion Ratiu Democracy Award aims to bring international recognition to the ideas and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. Whether they are in exile from repressive regimes or operating within emerging democracies, recipients of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award are democracy advocates with the type of life-changing experience in Washington that Ion Ratiu encountered as a young Romanian democracy activist in the 1970s and 1980s. The Award provides a month-long scholarship at the Wilson Center during which awardees have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the scholarly, policymaking, and NGO communities in Washington, D.C. The award workshop is supported by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, established in 1979. The Foundation aims to further education and research in Romanian culture and history, and to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles worldwide.

The Ion Ratiu Democracy Award was established in 2005 as a way to recognize the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. Since 2006, the Award ceremony has been hosted at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Previous awardees include Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

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Romanian Film Festival in London




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The annual Romanian Film Festival in London was run by the Romanian Cultural Centre as part of the Ratiu Foundation's activities until 2012.

You can find out more on the annual festivals presented by the Foundation below, or find out about the Festival's current activities at www.romanianfilmfestival.co.uk



  • Hot Love Cold Hearts - 2011

    10 - 14 November 2011

    All the films in the programme had something to do with love, but given that they come from the land of the Romanian New Wave, things are not as simple as they appear and there is a twist to this emotion.


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  • Romanian, Adjective - 2010

    2 - 4 July 2010

    The 7th edition of the Romanian Film Festival in London featured the country’s most exciting and serious new talents. It took its title from Corneliu Porumboiu’s renowned film, POLICE, ADJECTIVE (2009), which opened the film festival in 2009.


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  • All Change! - 2009

    1 - 4 May 2009

    All the films we presented to you had their unique Romanian flavour, but through their treatment of universal human problems and values, national and cultural barriers have become porous. We wanted you to see not only Romanian film, but truly great directors and great cinema.


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  • Home & Away - 2008

    10 - 13 April 2008

    The programme has developed around the theme of Home & Away, in praise of Nemescu's fresh vision of clashes between the realities and expectations of 'here' and 'there'. Mobility, longing and belonging provide the connective tissue of Home & Away; and invite a reflection about homelands and border-crossings - both geographical and aesthetic, as California Dreamin' runs counter to the intense grittiness and austerity of recent Romanian cinema.


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  • Past Imperfect, Future Continuous - 2007

    26 - 29 April 2007

    At the core of this year’s programme are a number of daring, irreverent, often hilarious takes on Romania’s past imperfect. Many of the film-makers included in the programme invite a meditation on the uses of image in the construction of an idea of history and historical consciousness.


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  • New Romanian Cinema - 2006

    2 – 5 February 2006

    Featuring the latest Romanian film productions by young Romanian directors: Cristi Puiu, Napoleon Helmis, Ruxandra Zenide, Corneliu Porumboiu, Constantin Popescu and Florin Iepan.


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  • Go Romanian! - 2003


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