25 years after, unlike Jules Verne’s heroes, the eastern musketeers haven’t turned braver – or wiser for that matter. Maybe just cooler. They have the chance to roam the world, to open their own businesses, to speak freely. And yet, these musketeers – I’m talking about us – drag after them a past that throbs in their veins, speeches and customs, but also in those of the politicians representing them. They haven’t managed to set responsibilities or find the culprits, while victims and their relatives still wait for justice. They haven’t had enough willpower to send the lords of the old regime into retirement. Some musketeers! They’ve come a long way, but they haven’t gone very far.

In order to measure the distance covered in these 25 years, we’ve gathered films that not only document the communist era, but revisit it with the eyes of today. Films that assess the damage produced in the lives of people who’ve lived under the dictatorship (The Family). Films that cast an ironic look on the nostalgia felt by elders, who mistake their youth for goodness (The Shovel Is Too Small). Films that try to solve cases left without an answer, the mysteries of those times (Normalization). Because, from our point of view – those who have forgotten – but especially from that of the ones who haven’t lived them, those times have become a territory getting more and more blurred, more enigmatic, a white spot on the map, inhabited by dragons (Here Be Dragons). Sometimes a voodoo priest is required for exorcising the evil (The Art of Disappearing). Other times, it’s enough to innocently watch films from The National Archives, to check our garments and the way we spoke more than 25 years ago (The Alexandru Sahia Studio - Oldies, Goldies).

We have enough dragons around here too. But a good film can help us tame them. (A S)