OWR 10. The Day After.

„Slowness is, nowadays, a form of resistance” – said Nicolas Humbert, as he presented his film Wild Plants on the last day of our festival. While listening to Nicolas, I couldn’t stop thinking that patience and a deep, slow understanding are the main qualities of documentary makers. They take time to look at people and the earth, they watch faces and listen to experiences as we seldom allow ourselves in this crazy world. Documentary is a slow encounter with existence at its best.

Wild Plants speaks about those few gardeners who patiently place seeds around us, trying to rebuild our relationship with the cycle of life. They seed pioneer-plants, those plants that manage to grow in hostile, improbable environments. 10 years ago, it seemed unthinkable that people would flock to the cinemas to see documentaries and run from one screening to another to catch a seat. That they would watch – transposed and absorbed – two-hour-long docs that shed a delicate light on the complex, deep problems of the world.

After 10 editions of One World Romania, I can say that the seeds we planted all these years have blossomed. During the past week, I have encountered a passionate audience, hungry for the real world that exists beyond our bubble, beyond what is shown on mass-media. An audience that has become competent in dialogue, pertinently critical and socially involved. What could be more gratifying?

Our wild, pioneer-plants are slowly growing in a niche, of course. Their power is soft, but their core is hard as a rock - because it is healthy. It is from this niche that change will come, whenever it is ripe.

text by Alexandru Solomon, One World Romania Festival Director