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

Dialogue with Radu Jude and Mehelli Modi

Friday, the 17th of July, at 8.00 PM (Romanian time, GMT+2) will take place the last session of The Waiting Room, which was created in order to keep watching and discussing the best of contemporary documentary cinema, despite the extraordinary situation we are going through, and waiting for the 13th edition of the One World Romania Festival (21st-30th of August). The guests of this final meeting will be filmmaker Radu Jude and Mehelli Modi, the founder of Second Run.

We aim to find out how an independent and ambitious distribution company functions, which are the criteria for selecting the films, which are the main strategies and obstacles facing the attempt to popularize lesser-known films and which sort of relationships are established with the filmmakers it represents.

If you wish to actively participate in the discussion, you can connect on Zoom by accessing the following link, between 7.40 and 7.50 PM (Romanian time, GMT+2):

Radu Jude needs no introduction: not only is he one of the most appreciated Romanian filmmakers at international level, but he is also exceptionally versatile and displays an intellectual curiosity which made him explore the darker corners of national history, in ways that challenge the arsenal of modernist aesthetics. His films provoke heated debates because they contest the official narratives, and his two most recent productions, Uppercase Print and The Exit of the Trains (that speak of the reeducation of “hostile elements” during the last decade of the communist regime and of the 1941 Iași pogrom respectively), which will be projected during the next edition of the festival, are no exception to the rule.

Mehelli Modi was born in a filmmaking family in Bombay. He came to London in the sixties and started his career in the music industry. But his first love was cinema, to which he fully dedicated in 2005, when he created his distribution company Second Run DVD. Its aim is to distribute at large scale fiction and documentary films coming from all over the world. The catalogue of Second Run now includes over 150 titles and growing, amongst which are the ouvres of one of the most adventurous and original filmmakers of all times, such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Miklós Jancsó, Pedro Costa, Miloš Forman, Cristi Puiu, Věra Chytilová, Andrzej Wajda, Kazuo Hara, Bill Morrison and Radu Jude himself.

The Waiting Room The Waiting Room is an online project powered by One World Romania, which proposed debates with some of the most prominent guests of the 13th edition of the One World Romania Festival. We talked to them about their earlier films, many of which were available on the Eventbook platform, but also about their upcoming projects, some of which we will be able to watch together at the end of August. The previous guests were the British-American filmmaker Irene Lusztig, Claire Atherton, Chantal Akerman’s loyal collaborator, together with Noëlle Pujol and Andreas Bolm, whose film All the children except one she edited, and the documentarists Claire Simon and Ross McElwee.

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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