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Six documentaries you cannot miss at Astra Film on Tour in Bucharest

During January 29 and 31, Astra Film on Tour aduce to Bucharest, at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, six top documentaries included in the AFF 2015 programme. The screenings are scheduled on a daily basis at the Horia Bernea Studio.

The year 2015 cannot end without seeing these six cinema jewels that gained the appreciation of the audience and awards of all corners of the world.

The programme is the following: on Friday, January 29, With or Without you (photo), directed by Hyuckjee Park, at 6 PM (the winner of the Prize of the Jury at the International Section of AFF 2015, followed at 7:45 PM by Spartacus & Cassandra, directed by Ioannis Nuguet, winner of the Grand Prize at AFF 2015. On Saturday, January 30, starting at 6 PM, there will be The Wolfpack, directed by Crystal Moselle; followed at 7:30 PM by I am the People, directed by Anna Roussillan.On Sunday, January 31, at 6 PM, there will be a screening of Left on Purpose, directed by Justin Schein; followed at 7:30 by The Seven dwarfs of Auschwitz, directed by Ursula Macfarlane.

The first day of Astra Film on Tour in Bucharest, on Friday, January 29, 2016, starts with With or Without You (directed by Hyuckjee Park) – winner of the Prize of the Jury in the International category at AFF 2015 – an observation-based film that encompasses small everyday things in the life of two elderly women living together in a Korean village, small things that actually gain a thoroughly deeper meaning when death comes closer, slowly but certainly. Starting at 7:45 PM, there will be a screening of Spartacus & Cassandra (directed by Ioannis Nuguet), the winner of the Grand Prize at AFF 2015. The film is a moving journey to the universe of two Romania-based Roma brothers living in the suburbs of Paris. At an age when other children spend their time playing, they are demanded to make a choice that could change their future: a life on the streets, in poverty, besides their parents, or a safer life with a roof above their head and access to education besides an adoptive family.

The films scheduled for Saturday, January 30 examine the power of the screen as an environment for presenting and comprehending reality. The Wolfpack (directed by Crystal Moselle) talks about the lives of six teenager brothers whose father decided that he had to protect them from society, so that he never allowed them to leave the apartment they live in, located in Central New York, instead gave them unrestricted access to his fiction film collection. The teenagers spend their time watching films and remaking their favourite scenes. Starting at 7:30 PM, I am the People (directed by Anna Roussillon) follows the way Farraj, an ordinary man making his living by agriculture lives the Egyptian revolution in front of the TV screen, compared to his fellow countrymen living in the midst of the conflict.

Sunday, January 31, 2016, the last day of the screenings, starts with the film Left on Purpose (directed by Justin Schein), the portrait of a former activist deliberately left behind by his colleagues with whom he had struggled once for common causes; a man who battles chronic depression, alcohol and drug addiction and is afraid not to be a burden for other people. The idea of committing suicide as an ultimate political act appears and gains increasing force in his mind. Starting at 7.30 PM, the film The Seven dwarfs of Auschwitz (directed by Ursula Macfarlane) presents the case of seven brothers suffering of dwarfism, living in Maramures, singers and performers, who become lab rats during the Nazi occupation for Dr. Mengele’s experiments and, in a miraculous way, it is precisely the reason why they survive the war.

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