Romania, work-in-progress, 20'
RETEAUA - WORK-IN-PROGRESS
In Romania, chemotherapy drugs are neither accessible free of charge, as required by law, nor can they be acquired in pharmacies. To solve the problem, those who have the money are obliged to resort to pharmacies abroad, knowing that they would not be able to recover their money at any given point. Others, less fortunate, are obliged to delay, never start or follow an incomplete treatment, which gives them a significantly smaller chance of healing or draws them towards death.
Many of the patients who try, in one way or another, to procure the drugs are helped by a real NETWORK of people. The network members buy drugs from abroad and send them to Romania through friends, acquaintances and tourists who are aware of the situation. At present, the network consists of over 250 people and the cost of traded drugs totals around 60,000 euros annually.
The network members do not get any financial benefit from their participation in this "trade". The documentary follows the drugs route from one of the oldest pharmacies in Vienna (located near the Opera House) to the patient in Romania.
Film Director Claudiu Mitcu will present a selection of edited material and use these as a starting point for discussion.
19 March, 17:00, Muzeul National al Taranului Roman