The ‘Pamanteni’ NGO will offer to the public at Bucharest’s Peasant Museum , on June 10-14, a selection of documentaries and films that offer better insight on Ukraine, its culture and customs, and explain in a more detailed fashion the conflict with Russia. At the same time, the cultural festival is a charity event that brings to the public’s attention the problems in Ukraine, its purpose being to raise funds for the victims of the conflict.
According to the organizers, each day of the event will come up with a specific theme. The first four days will showcase documentary films that describe the situations and places in which the conflict in Ukraine started and grew: Maidan, Crimea, Odessa, Donetsk and Lugansk. The fate of film director Oleg Sentsov (director of the “Gamer”), who was arrested just a day before starting his work on his next film, was accused of terrorism and was taken to a prison in Russia, as well as that of pilot Nadejda Savchenko, the only female member of the Ukrainian peacekeepers deployed in Iraq in 2004-2008 and the first female graduate of the Air Force University in Kharkov in 2009, a university reserved for men up to that time, will be discussed. The final day will focus on the Ukrainian people and culture.
Guests from Ukraine – directors, producers and journalists – will take part in the debates. Each of them has a story to tell: Vova Demchenko –member of a military family, director and photographer who witnessed the most intense battles, has spent several months on the frontlines alongside “Right Sector”; Denys Strashnyi – director, wounded at Maidan; Ulyana Osovska – director and Maidan volunteer; Olena Blalaba – journalist and founder of the Odessa-based Crisis Media Centre.
The event’s schedule includes: June 10 – Chad Garcia’s “The Russian Woodpecker”; June 11 – Oleg Sentsov’s and Askold Kurov’s “Gamer”; June 12 – V. Andreenko’s “Ivan the Strong”; June 13 – Vladimir Tihiy’s “Our Nadia – Our Hope” and M. Ilichenko’s “Cel ce a trecut prin foc” and debates about the conflict in Ukraine; June 14 – Dmitro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s “Crasna Malanca” and O. Sanin’s “Calauza,” as well as debates about the Ukrainian people and culture. Attendance is free of charge.
Outdoor movie theatre
The garden of the Bucharest National Peasant Museum will host the Nomad International Film Festival until June 14.
An 80-square-meter screen, hundreds of “movie fan” chairs and high-performance projection equipment have transformed the National Romanian Peasant Museum into a veritable “outdoor movie theatre.”
The Nomad International Film Festival offers the audience each evening long-reels that won national and international fame: Radu Jude’s “Aferim!” – Tuesday, June 9, opening night; Razvan Georgescu’s “Trading Germans” – Wednesday, June 10; Iram Haq’s “I Am Yours” – Thursday, June 11; Radu Mihaileanu’s “Train de vie” – Friday, June 12; Alexander Nanau’s “Toto si surorile lui” – Saturday, June 13; Klara Trencsenyi’s and Vlad Namescu’s “Birds’ Way” – Sunday, June 14.
The projections start at 9.30 p.m. and attendance is free of charge.
Moreover, each evening spectators are invited to watch two different short-reels selected for the Nomad Shorts competition.
Likewise, until June 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on June 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., exhibition stands of the cultural centres of ethnic minorities in Bucharest will be placed in the film projection area.
The schedule of the two festivals can be checked on www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro.