Weekend No 2 @ One World Romania

For Saturday, March 24th, the One World Romania team has in store 23 film screenings, 2 debates and in the evening the High School Jury will reveal the winning film of the competition. At the end of the day, we’ve planned a concert by PC Harem at Clubul Țăranului.



The day starts at 10 am at ARCUB with the screening of the film Czech Student Uprisings. The debate Czechoslovakia 1968-1989 will start at noon and the speakers are two of the leaders of the student movements, Karel Kovanda (1968) and Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová (1989), also leading figures in the documentary Czech Student Uprisings. The debate will be moderated by Iulia Popovici and will be live streamed on the Scena9 Facebook page. At 2 pm, in the same location, we’ll be talking to the historian Lavinia Betea and Marius Deaconu, president of the National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania about the role played by students in changing the state of affairs in Romania. The second debate will be moderated by Marius Cosmeanu and live streamed on Perspektiva’s Facebook page.




The second programme consisting of short films produced by the Studio Alexandru Sahia will be presented on Saturday, March 24th, at 1 pm at Cinema Elvire Popesco. The films included in the programme go beyond the standard themes associated with the communist era, instead inspiring us to consider features such as documentary observation and portraiture, on-camera performance, and the management of the unexpected. As always, the programme includes not only mainstream films, but also some of the minor, ephemeral productions of the studio. The opening film is a recent discovery we are rather proud of. Directed by Mirel Ilieșiu, one of Sahia’s most popular filmmakers, it was designed to celebrate the studio’s fifth anniversary. It is somewhat of an “institutional home movie“, and provides a rather surprising insight into the family-like ethos of a propaganda film studio in the midst of Romania’s Stalinist decade. The 6 films screened on Saturday are: Us, Aged Five, Film Festival for the Villages, For the Record, The Bear, Twenty Years After, False Treatise on Intimacy.



The High School Students Jury Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday evening. During the last 8 days, the 5 high scool students have watched 10 films from this year’s line-up – Ask the Sexpert, Children of Chance, Impreza – The Celebration, Licu, a Romanian Story, Rodnye (Close Relations), Silvana, Stranger in Paradise, The Judge, The Other Side of Everything, The Poetess . We’re eager to find out what Dalesia, Petra, Ada, Ioana and Mihai’s choice will be. After the ceremony, the film Our New President will be screened in the presence of the director Maxim Pozdorovkin. The winning documentary will be screened on Sunday, March 25th, at 6.30 pm, at CinemaPRO.



Two films included in the section The Politics of Sex (LGBTQ) will be screened for the last time in the festival, namely Queerama and Tranzit HavanaQueerama will be screened at Cinema Elvire Popesco on Saturday, at 6 pm, and the director Daisy Asquith will be joining us for a Q&A session after the screening. A compilation film made up of archival footage organized in a moving rhythmic montage, Queerama is kaleidoscopic, inciting, scandalous, nostalgic, and ultimately hopeful. On the anniversary of 50 years since the decriminalization of relations between men in England and Wales, Daisy Asquith sets off to search for the signs of the past sprinkled discreetly, at times in code and at times with frankness, through filmed archives from the past 100 years. The result is an emotional portrait of gay identity in British culture, with all the horrors and delights it holds—and a trip through the visual culture of the past decades. 


Tranzit Havana will be screened on Saturday at 9 pm at ARCUB, in the Grand Hall. The director Daniel Abma will be present for a Q&A session after the film. The documentary focuses on Odette, Juani, and Malú while they await their turn for gender reassignment surgery, performed once a year by surgeons brought from Holland and Belgium by Mariela Castro, who militates for sexual education and the rights of sexual minorities and is the niece of Fidel Castro. Indeed, Cuba, known to outsiders primarily as an oppressive regime, offers its citizens not only free health care, but also therapy, hormone treatments, and plastic surgery for transgender individuals. Oppression does not come from the state here. Rather, it works through social forces that are constant everywhere, even in countries apparently devoted to egalitarianism: the church, the fear of novelty, plain discrimination, and poverty. 


The full programme of screenings and events is available here: http://oneworld.ro/2018/l/en/program/