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  • Rovegan, a Contemporary Fairy Tale
    “The goat is called the poor man’s cow. Because it’s cheap and good.” I meet Catincă Drăgănescu in a June rainy day at Dianei 4. Like it often happens in ...
  • Carolina Bonaventura, Her Tango also in Bucharest
    A first observation is that dancers here appear more passionate and responsive to the music – a trait which I find also in Russia and – generally speaking – in ...
  • Limpede
    Yes, you know this is a paradoxical time when it is difficult to be simple ...
  • In a Clear Mind – Meeting Omu Gnom
    Now we have too much information and you feel lost: we have Google and everything is there for you but we don’t know what to search anymore and we are ...
  • As I Read Philip Ó Ceallaigh
    His writing style is not only compelling but also endowed with clairvoyance. Compare the discomfort expressed by one of his characters in Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse to the ...
  • The View from the Tenth – Meeting Philip Ó Ceallaigh
    “Bucharest then is a nice big manifestation of the human condition – it’s particularly noisy and senseless, an accumulation of badly fitting parts, failed intentions, everybody rushing around with their ...
  • Interview – Mike Ormsby
    “For all its problems, as you say, Romania has a special something that you won’t find elsewhere. When I’m away, say, in England for a few weeks, I miss that ...
  • Mum, come and see… Kids Singing Green
    We were with local kids collecting litter from a mountain lane, when a local yelled, “Hah! Vino Mama, sa ma vezi cum lucrez la spatii verzi!” Angela told me that ...
  • Never Mind the Balkans, Here’s Romania
    Mike Ormsby’s voice is never invasive nor in the least sounding like the usual “wise guy from the West”. Rather, quite often he limits himself to acting as litmus paper ...
  • My Take – Wake Up, Romanian!
    As I walked to reach the venue, I was impressed by the level of participation in the event: families, children, older people, youngsters of all types – from hipsters to ...
  • Printre Cuvinte – Amid Words
    Rap is not my genre but rappers may tell us something about the mood of the youngest ones: they powerfully echo shared disillusionments and hopes (?) and on national scales they ...
  • My Take – Walking Down Bucharest Parallel Worlds
    If you believe in the power of serendipity Bucharest is the place to be: here the music of chance may easily lead you to discover something intriguing just round the ...
  • Downtown Encounters/ Ion Barladeanu
    “I am a film-maker”, he declares with a curious mix of humor and gravitas, specifying: “in fact, now a worldwide director with scissors”. ...
  • Story – Despre Smerenie, About Humility. And Pride
    Romania through the prism of a video. Take Despre Smerenie (About Humility): people’s reactions to that song can provide useful clues as to the range of mentalities coexisting in ...
  • My Take – Nicolae and Elena’s folded pajamas
    This kind of connect-the-dots game has taken me first to Palatul Primaverii in Bucharest and then to the Muzeul Comunismului in Târgoviște, a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of ...
  • Interview – Franco Aloisio
    “Street children do not exist, only children forgotten in the streets by adults. And we are those adults”, Miloud Oukili ...
  • True Stories/ Got a cigarette?
    For sure I know that I. has lived on the street most of his thirty-four years. First in an orphanage, then in a tunnel. “I have never had a document”, ...
  • Interview – Lucian Georgescu
    Our main intention is to showcase rather than analyze the New Romanian Cinema. ...
  • Cinepub.ro, a Site with a View
    We must be very grateful to this energetic team, as Cinepub.ro is the only legally free online platform dedicated to the Romanian cinema. ...
  • My Take – Mărțișor, and March Is the Sweetest Month
    These days a Mărțișor is pinned down on my jersey as my Romanian experience has been producing a radical change in my mental attitude ...
  • Story – Earth in Your Hand
    This visual story takes us to Guşteriţa/ Hammersdorf in the heart of Transylvania. A district of Sibiu since 1950, it is one of the oldest Transylvanian Saxon settlements in the area still preserving its original typical ...
  • Interview – Pavel Constantin
    The spirit of satire and caricature could exist very well also during the Ceausescu’s era. It was not that difficult to defy censorship. As a matter of fact we did ...
  • Soundtrack – Lautari from Clejani, the music inside!
    Caught between the rejection of individuals and the acceptance of their culture, the Roma citizens are both discriminated against and cherished in the Romanian society: their ‘gypsy’ music, rituals, ways ...
  • Interview – Rechi Nashul
    Owner of Reky Travel, Rechi Nashul is a young entrepreneur from Sibiu quite active in promoting Romania and especially his native Transylvania. I first met Rechi in Rășinari, a Saxon village 13 km away from Sibiu. He was one of ...
  • Planner – Transylvanian Brunch!
    They search for old, forgotten recepies and cook them with the local communities, neighbourhoods or families in the villages ...
  • My Take – Murphy Vs. the Power of Empathy
    Back in June 2015, one late Friday afternoon. In a hurry as usual, deep in Bucharest traffic again,  after the nth touch & go on a new errand, I have left home my wallet. ...
  • Story – Pride and Concrete
    The “Pride and Concrete” project is able to catch the sufletul romanesc, the Romanian spirit: that  lively mix of  imagination,  empathy, and a shade of melancholy. In 2010 freelance photographer Petrut Calinescu  and Ioana Hodoiu set ...