Sahia: Oldies but Goldies
THE 'ALEXANDRU SAHIA' STUDIO – OLDIES BUT GOLDIES
A program of short documentaries selected by Adina Bradeanu.
Let's not forget that Sahia was an instrument of government propaganda... (Copel Moscu)
Sahia was an institution which produced films paid by the state and positioned against the state. (Marion Ciobanu)
Sahia has never had any kind of subversive connotation attached to it. It was a sort of parallel universe in relation to the society of the time. (Ovidiu Bose Pastina)
Sahia saved many Romanian filmmakers from starvation during the 'golden era' of socialism. (Calin Caliman)
Sahia was one of those small, isolated and therefore deeply subversive institutions allowed by the system as safety valves. (Horea Murgu)
Sahia was a sinecure. (Marina Constantinescu)
Sahia was a mammoth-institution characterized by an artificially sustained mammoth-production. (Bujor Rapeanu)
Sahia always felt like a family... (Ioana Popescu)
In this country, when you say 'Sahia' you say 'documentary film'. (Ion Carmazan)
[...] the aura of Sahia from its golden years, perceived today as a sort of Camelot of our national cinema. (Magda Mihailescu)
To me, Sahia is the epitome of political compromise. (Florin Iepan)
When it was established, in the early 1950s, the 'Alexandru Sahia' Studio was regarded as Romania's 'reality factory', assigned to deliver round-the-clock non-fictional worlds rooted in the politically mandated immersion in the 'heated reality of the present'. Over the following four decades, the output of the studio ranged from newsreels to straightforward political propaganda, to authored documentaries (often deemed 'subversive'), and to ephemeral sub-genres such as the health-and-safety film. How was the ping-pong between the filmmakers and the state negotiated aesthetically, and how did it shape Romania's documentary tradition? More importantly, how do these films feel today, particularly for those who have not experienced Romania's socialist years?
Scrisoarea lui Ion Marin catre Scanteia, Victor Iliu, 1948, 18'
Reportaj de la Steagul Rosu, Alexandru Sirbu, 1956, 18’
Pretutindeni muncesc oameni, Jean Petrovici, 1963, 14’
Aceşti oameni, Felicia Cernaianu, 1971, 10’
Scrisoare din Orasul Nou, Titus Mesaros, 1978, 9’
Aflati despre mine…, Adrian Sarbu, 1982, 12’
Ioane, cum e la constructii?, Sabina Pop, 1983, 12'
O victima si mai multi vinovati, Ovidiu Bose Pastina, 1983, 10’
14 March, 16:00, Cinemateca Eforie
17 March, 17:00, Studioul Horia Bernea