KineDok Romania Approaches the End of a Very Successful Pilot Edition
KineDok is a new kind of international community, a unique film club and an alternative distribution platform, connecting both the fans and makers of creative documentary. In its pilot edition, 12 thought-provoking East and Central European documentaries were screened at more than 20 non-traditional venues (local clubs, cafes, galleries, attics etc.) in each of the participating countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Croatia.
In Romania, KineDok is coordinated by the One World Romania Association and started out in 12 cities (Arad, Braşov, Bucureşti, Constanţa, Galaţi, Iaşi, Miercurea Ciuc, Oradea, Piatra Neamţ, Sfântu Gheorghe, Târgu Mureş, Timişoara). Due to its ongoing success, throughout the months several other spaces joined in, and the project reached its maximum number of screenings with 25 screening locations spread throughout 17 cities (Bârlad, Brăila, Focşani, Hunedoara, Odorheiu Secuiesc being added to original 12).
From July to December 2015, 221 screenings took place in Romania within KineDok, bringing in more than 6900 spectators. Many of the screening were complimented by special guests, including directors and protagonists of the films, specialists, journalists, academicians and representatives of several nationally-relevant NGOs. These guests contributed to dozens of debates with the audience, including a series, hosted by Frontline Club Bucharest, that was live-streamed online.
Ignácz József is one of the protagonists of the documentaries who joined us for several screenings, in Bucharest, Timișoara and Oradea, in July and August. He is the mayor we see in Men with Balls, about the Hungarian village of Besence. Energetic Mayor Ignácz had decided to put his poor village on the map. He applied here, there and everywhere for funds, and he succeeded in getting money for two projects: a horticultural project and a tennis court. And he came to us to talk about all this.
The two Romanian directors in the selection also attended screenings of their films and discussed with the audience. Laura Căpățână-Juller presented her film here... I mean there in July, in Brașov, and in August, in Bucharest. After graduating Journalism in 2004 and a Master’s in Media Studies in Frankfurt and Sofia, Laura worked for German and Swiss publications and media agencies. She made social and cultural reports for the Romanian National Television. here... I mean there is her first feature-length documentary.
Vlad Petri, director of Where Are You, Bucharest? went to Arad and Sfântu Gheorghe, in September, to present a particular situation from the capital city. Petri is a filmmaker, independent producer and photographer born in 1979. He has worked on several projects in Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Albania. Most of his recent projects revolve around documentary filmmaking, with a special interest on social issues, politics and activism, and have been developed in Romania and the Middle East. In 2008, he co-directed the documentary “New Year's Eve”.
In October, Andrea Culková, the director of the documentary Sugar Blues, joined the KineDok audience for the screening in Galați. Film director, creative artist, pedagogue and mother of three children, she decided to make this film after being diagnosed with diabetes during one of her pregnancies.
Tatjana Božić joined KineDok in November, for two screenings of Happily Ever After, in Galați and Bucharest. Croatian born, Tatjana finished postgraduate studies at the famous Moscow School for Directors and Scriptwriters, department of documentary film. Since then she makes films wherever she lives – Moscow, London, Zagreb and Amsterdam. She directed more than 20 short documentaries. In Croatia, in 1999 she co-founded Fade In, a non-profit production company that is still today one of the leading productions for documentaries.