A trip to Romania

Video clip about UK's reticence and fear of Romanian
immigrant workers after joining the EU.

Fortress Europe

Director: Zelimir Zilnik, Slovenia 2001, 80 min.

People of different nationalities from Central Europe attempting to reach the West by crossing the controls and "European" rules. Starting from reality, the director reconstructed some stories and chose the cast both among people who experienced them and fledgling actors. They reconstruct these stories, and perhaps fake them, through the answers they give to the (Hungarian, Slovenian, Italian and Croatian) custom officers and to the author's questions.

Human Trafficking

Director: Christian Duguay, USA 2005, 170 min.

Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the multi-billion-dollar industry of modern slavery. The underworld calls them human traffic. When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) struggles to expose the worldwide network that has enslaved them.

Italian immigrant backlash draws Romanian ire

Video clip about Romanians living in prehistoric miserable conditions in the outskirts of Rome, 2007

Off the Beaten Track

Director: Dieter Auner, Ireland/Romania, 2011, 93 Min., in Romanian with English subtitles

An isolated mountain region in Transylvania. The locals make their living from sheep farming like young Albin Creta’s family does. Modernisation arrived here long ago – mobile phones and cars belong as much to the everyday as the horse carts in the fields and the milking of the sheep by hand – but now life is beginning to change. Since Romania joined the EU the local women travel every summer to work in the fields in Germany. In beautiful images Auner documents the region’s slow transformation and an almost imperceptible shift towards a new way of life ruled by a different economy.

Our School

Director: Mona Nicoara/Miruna Coca-Cozma/Julie Goldman, USA, 2011, 94 Min., in Romanian

The Romanian city Târgu Lăpuş got financial support from the EU for the adoption of integrated schools, which means combined classes of Roma and Romanian children. Good idea, but bad realization. At the end of the project the Roma children are what they used to be – outsiders. Two Romanian directors documented this process over a period of four years.

Podul de flori (The Flower Bridge)

Director: Thomas Ciulei, Romania 2008,87 min.

A father lives with his son and two daughters on a farm in Moldova, which has no running water or automated machinery. They have to do all the work in the fields and garden, and also tend to their animals by themselves. They have to cope with housework as well, and the children somehow have to find time for the school they regularly attend over the hill. Their mother lives faraway in Italy, where she is earning money for the family. This poetic film about the everyday life of humble people with a very low standard of living, who experience feelings of happiness and sadness with temperance, portrays a world in which man is in harmony with nature. Nevertheless, the closeness between the family's individual members is stronger here than it is elsewhere, which helps partially compensate for the absence of their mother. This documentary has won several awards at international festival

The paper will be blue

Director: Radu Muntean, Romania 2006, 95 min.

In December 1989 revolution broke out in Romania. On the 21st, the people, invited to demonstrate in support of the dictator Ceausescu, whose power was weakening in the face of increasingly determined opposition, instead came out to boo him, and the army shot into the crowd. This was the beginning of the Bucharest uprising

Welcome Europa

Director : Bruno Ulmer, France 2006, 90 min.

A haunting documentary that depicts the portrait of ten young immigrants, accompanied by Bruno Ulmer throughout several months in different European countries. Arriving from Romania, Morocco, Turkey, they were pushed by the hope for a better life. But in longed for Europe they find themselves struggling for bare survival, without documents and working permits, discovering soon that no place is left for illusions. While portraying the intimate, daily struggle to conserve their dignity in a merciless environment, the film reflects the bitter outgrowths of the Schengen agreement and the contradictions of wealthy Europe.