The Strange Death and the Miraculous Resurrection of the Romanian Documentary Film in Post-Socialism
Monday 27 February 2006, 18.30, The Romanian Cultural Centre,
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"Welcome back to the land of the dead!", used to greet me a friendly film editor from the Romanian documentary studio 'Alexandru Sahia', when I joined her for yet another interview conducted as part of my fieldwork during the winter of 2002. At the time of my research among the remains of the local documentary community, Romanian media customarily employed terms such as 'agony', 'collapse' or 'death', to refer to the critical state of the local documentary practice. The context has changed dramatically over the past three years, since Romanian documentaries have become a regular presence in major international film festivals, and Romanian film-makers receive commissions from channels such as Arte, ZDF or BBC4.
Drawing on clips from films produced over the past twenty years, I comment on some funny-sad confessions about what it was like being a documentary film-maker in the Romania of the 1980s, and I trace the processes by which a professional community confronted with a massive deficit of public image negotiated its revival within the shifting terrain of post-socialism.> (Adina Bradeanu)
Adina Bradeanu is a doctoral student in the School of Media, Arts and Design at Westminster University, London. She has published in Romania with Polirom and in the UK with Wallflower Press. A member of FIPRESCI [International Federation of Film Journalists], she contributes to DOX [European Documentary Network] and runs the column 'DOCultura' in the Romanian weekly 'Observator Cultural'.
All images above are from documentary films by Dumitru Budrala, Thomas Ciulei, Florin Iepan, and Alexandru Solomon.
This presentation is part of the CULTURE POWER program which is initiated by the Ratiu Foundation UK and designed for students and scholars interested in exploring the development of Romanian culture. The program consists of a series of seminars focused around a presentation followed by a constructive dialogue with an invited audience.
Organised by The Ratiu Foundation UK.
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