One World Romania – Ediția a 14-a
21 - 30 mai 2021

Online meeting with Claire Simon and Ross McElwee

On Friday the 3rd of July, at 8.00 PM (Romanian time, GMT+2), we have the pleasure to invite you to an online meeting with two major figures of contemporary documentary: Claire Simon and Ross McElwee, who will also be the special guests of the 13th edition of the One World Romania Festival (21st-30th of August).

Just before the discussion, we will live stream on our Facebook page, the first episode of “The Village” („Le Village”, 2019, dir. Claire Simon) from 5.00 PM (Romanian time, GMT+2), and afterwards, the film “Something to do with the Wall” (1990, dir. Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine), starting at 6.00 PM (Romanian time, GMT+2)

If you wish to actively take part in the live discussion with Claire Simon and Ross McElwee, access the following link between 7.40 and 7.50 PM:

Both authors, despite coming from different geographical and cultural backgrounds, knew from their very first films how to interweave their life experience within a complex and always relevant reflection on the individual’s place in society. To watch Claire Simon's and Ross McElwee’s oeuvres means to plunge into the French petite bourgeoisie of the last 30 years, with its evolving social structures and oftentimes through its public spaces, and into the deep American South respectively, where economical, social and racial tensions never seem to subside.

On Friday the 3rd of July, at 8.00 PM (Romanian time, GMT+2), we therefore invite you to a masterclass with Claire Simon and Ross McElwee, during which we will talk about topics such as their approach to documentary art and the way in which they balance the dichotomies that are central to their cinematographic vision, between individual and general, between intimate and public.

Claire Simon has always tackled subjects with mirror French society in its totality, from the courtyard of a kindergarten (in “Récréations”) to a small firm cracking under the ever growing pressure of consumer society (in “Côute que côute”). In her most recent documentaries, she observes with patience and empathy the ephemeral relationships that form in public spaces and the way those bear the traces of social stratification.

In her last film to this day, “The Village”, which is divided into ten episodes, she reunites her main interests: she places her camera in a specific place - the picturesque French village Lussas - and films a community - the team who transformed the village in a unique center of documentary thought and practice.

The ten episodes of the film can be watched until the 31st of August on the Eventbook platform.

Ross McElwee uses a small unit of measure, his own family, in order to take the pulse of a country and to meditate on the influence of the past onto the present. Born into a conservative family in the South of the USA, McElwee has sought since the early days of his studies to see how the schism between the south and the north is felt, especially regarding racial and moral issues, in the behavior of those closest to him. Later, the filmmaker has pushed the exploration of his own intimacy further, using the various personal hardships he goes through as opportunities to change his gaze on American society and (in more philosophical terms) on life.

In his most recent films, McElwee has crossed the American border, travelling to Brittany (“Photographic Memory”) or to Paraguay (“In Paraguay”), without losing his self-referential style. But the first of these adventures resulted in the documentary “Something to do with the Wall”, which he co-directed with Marylin Levine. The two visit West Germany in 1986 and they see the same paranoia caused by a life led under the constant threat of a third world war that they themselves experience. Then, they come back after the fall of the Berlin Wall to witness the difficult reunification of the country.

The film can be watched until the 31st of July on the Eventbook platform.

Film tickets cost 10 lei or 5 lei - reduced price for students, pensioners and people with disabilities. A special subscription for 5 online sessions is also available for 25 lei. You must have or create an Eventbook account to view and purchase. Each user will have 48 hours after purchasing the ticket or using the barcode on the subscriptions to watch the film.

Those who have purchased general subscriptions for OWR # 13 will be able to watch all the movies in The Waiting Room for free. Those who want to support the OWR team, thus having free access to the events of the association, can become OWR Friends.

One World Romania Association

South East Europe Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation


Administration of the National Cultural Fund, National Center of Cinematography, Romanian Cultural Institute, UNHCR - UN Agency for Refugees, Romanian Filmmakers Union, DACIN-SARA, Representation of the European Commission in Romania, National Council for Combating Discrimination, Capital City Hall through ArCuB - Cultural Center of Bucharest

Bosch, HBO, Aqua Carpatica, Sâmburești Domains, Kronenbourg Blanc, Somersby


Embassy of France in Romania, French Institute in Bucharest, Goethe-Institut Bucharest, Embassy of the United States of America in Romania, Czech Center Bucharest, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Switzerland in Romania, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania, CEREFREA Villa Noel, Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest, Palestinian State Embassy, Palestinian Cultural Center "Mahmoud Darwish", Palestinian Film Festival, Polish Institute in Bucharest, Italian Institute of Culture, Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Bucharest, Spanish Embassy in Romania, Balassi Institute - Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, SUPER Festival, Apollo 111, Mezzanine, Agency Together, Kinedok, Astra Festival, Transylvania Film





Magic FM, Rock FM, Radio România Cultural, Radio Europa Liberă, Scena9, DOR, Films in Frame, Cinepub, Cărturești, Observator Cultural, Perspektiva, Humanitas, Film Menu, Cutra, Igloo, Liternet, All About Romanian Cinema, Zile și Nopți, The Institute, Graphic Front, Verbs Describe Us

The Czech Center Bucharest

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. State Department. The opinions, findings, and conclusions presented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State.

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