Day 5 @ One World Romania 11

On Tuesday, March 20th, the One World Romania team has programed 11 documentary films, a book launch, a special debate concerning the education reform and a screening for high school students. The series of meetings with the festival guests continues – at noon at ARCUB we’ll be talking to director Cristina Haneș (António and Catarina), Radu Ciorniciuc, (Acasă), Mary Jirmanus Saba (A Feeling Greater Than Love), Tristan Ferland Milewski and composer Claude Ferland Milewski (Dream Boat).



The launch of the book Metaphor. Protest. Concept. Performance Art from Romania and Moldova, written by Iulia Popovici and Raluca Voinea, will take place on Tuesday, starting at 14.00 at ARCUB. The book includes interviews with several artists from Romania and from the Republic of Moldova including: Dan Perjovschi, Farid Fairuz, Alexandra Pirici, Veda Popovici și Paul Duncă. Iulia Popovici: “Precarity and urgency of the message, these are the two «practical reasons» of the appeal to performance which are most often mentioned in this book’s interviews. The crisis of representation, a heated issue in contemporary theatre, and the eternal institutional crisis of local (contemporary) dance play in their turn an important role in the multi-disciplinary specific of performance art in Romania and Moldova, same as the central function which is exercised by the questioning of the body and corpor(e)ality in feminist and queer practices.”



Rică Couldn't Say River, Rat, Education Reform

We’ve prepared a special Pecha Kucha event on the topic of the need for an education reform in Romania starting at 6 pm at Rezidența BRD Scena9. The guests will give a presentation using 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each.   

The participants and the topics are: Valeriu Nicolae on education in Ferentari, Mihaela Michailov on educational theater, Katia Pascariu on how you can learn at any age, Irina Novac on how a student is organising a feminist event in her city, Constantin-Alexandru Manda on the topic of students’ rights, Gabriela Dima on the topic of disabled people in the education system, Andreea Burlacu on a different approach to Physics, Paula Mihai on the topic of teaching teachers, Sibi-Bogdan Teodorescu on how to teach contemporary art and Petra Dobruska and Jo Brailescu on how they were reintroduced to the system.


The second “work-in-progress” project of the festival, The Residents, will be presented on Tuesday, starting at 6 pm, at ARCUB, in the Grand Hall. The directors Cosmin Bumbuț and Elena Stancu have been working on it since last year. The film documents the lives of 16 inmates from the Therapeutical Lotus Center of the Gherla Penitentiary - the first therapeutical center for inmates suffering from depression, anxiety and personality disorders Romania, opened in 2016. The two directors will be present at the screening.



Two surprising documentaries directed by the renowned filmmaker Jonas Mekas will be screened on Tuesday and Wednesday, at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, starting at 6 pm. On Tuesday movie buffs have the rare chance of watching As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty.

The nearly five hours long film by Jonas Mekas is truly an ode to the everyday. For several decades, the filmmaker has caught on film his family, his friends, neighbours, or apparently incidental details of existence.

Access to the National Museum of Contemporary Art is made solely with the Museum entrance ticket.



The last event on Tuesday is the European premiere of the film Sennan Asbestos Disaster, the latest film by filmmakers Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi. It’s the first documentary they made in the last 20 years and it was also selected at Yamagata, Busan and Tokyo FILMex IFF. For eight years has Kazuo Hara followed the legal battle between the Japanese government and tens of former workers in the asbestos mines of the small town of Sennan. They are survivors of specific diseases – asbestosis, lung cancer – that plagued the asbestos mines workers who had no idea the kinds of dangers they were being exposed to. Through an unpolished style – like life itself – the documentary first draws individual portraits of all these aged people who have to suffer unbearable pain. Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi will be present after the screening for a Q&A session.