category Coming of Age






Toto si surorile lui


17 March, 10:00, Cinema Studio

(screening for high school students)

20 March, 18:30, Frontline Club Bucharest


Ten year-old Totonel lives in the Ferentari ghetto in Bucharest. While his mother is serving a jail sentence for drug dealing, Toto and his older sisters Andreea and Ana share their lives with a host of uncles, neighbors, and drug users. Toto’s only escape is a support center where he catches up on his spotty education – and hip-hop dance. His teenage sisters are themselves finding their way in life with varying degrees of success.


Shot in an unforgivingly intimate verite, with minimal interven­tions, and edited into an honest and emotional narrative, the film offers unprecedented access to life in the Ferentari ghetto, as well as to the revolving door between jails, courthouses, and drug dens. Director Alexander Nanau (Life According to Ion B., 2009 international Emmy-winner), has a privileged relationship with Toto’s sister Andreea, who filmed some of the key scenes which emotionally anchor this film about family and making your own way in the world.


Although it premiered only last fall, Alexander Nanau’s film has already had an impressive festival trajectory and has quickly become one of the most awarded documentaries coming out of Romania in recent years.

The documentary has been "adopted" by the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities.

Interview with the director.


2015 - Tribeca Film Festival, USA

2015 - Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers, France, Grand Jury Prize

2015 - International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands

2014 - Silver Eye Awards, Czech Republic, Best Eastern European Feature Documentary

2014 - DOK Leipzig, Germany, Ecumenical Jury andTrade Union Prizes

2014 - Festival dei Popoli, Italy, Audience Award

2014 - Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden

2014 - Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, Best Documentary

2014 - Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland, Best International Documentary

2014 - San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain


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