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A început ploaia (It started raining) follows the story of the Vulturilor 50 community of Bucharest (100 individuals), whom dwelt on the street from September 2014 to June 2016 in order to fight against the eviction from their home, enacting the longest and most visible protest for housing right in the history of contemporary Romania.
 

 

RESEARCH

 

The documentary is the result of more than two years of video-ethnographic work around forced evictions against Roma people in Bucharest, Romania. The director, Dr Michele Lancione, is an urban ethnographer working at Cardiff University. If at first his involvement with the Vulturilor 50 community was solely of activist nature, with the passing of time he started to work with them (and the cohort of activists involved in the resistance) on a more profound basis, sharing means and ideas. This eventually led to the production of activist-oriented video and, then, to the realisation of the documentary.

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The aim of A început ploaia is twofold. On the one hand, also through the activist and participatory approach foregrounding it, the documentary aims to support the struggle for the right to the city that Roma people are bringing to the fore in Bucharest. On the other hand, the film shows how it may be possible to mix academic fieldwork, activist-oriented work and visual methods to create space for empowering experiences and meaningful exchange. For this reason Michele has also founded A Community Productions, a company which aims to become an important collector of meaningful and politically-charged ethnographic documentaries in the years to come.

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Lived and experienced by the people of Vulturilor 50 · Written, researched and directed by Michele Lancione · Produced by A Community Productions · Editing and motion graphics by Eleonora Mignoli · Graphic Design by Anouvong southiphong · Colour Grading by Jack Strange · Music Licensing by Francesco Menegat · Sound mix By Alessandro Ciani · Photo of the eviction by Adrian Catu · Translations from Romanian by Alina Huzui-Stoiculescu

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UPCOMING SCREENINGS

The list is continuously updated. To get new dates, please follow our blog or follow us on twitter @acommprod. And if you’d like to arrange a screening, get in touch with us.

24.02.17 - LONDON (UK)

University College London Urban Lab

20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ London

17.03.17 - BUCHAREST (RO)

Official selection at the One World Romania Film Festival

Info at www.oneworld.ro

17.03.17 - BUCHAREST (RO)

Private screening for the Vulturilor Community

Macaz Social Centre, Calea Mosilor, 106

28.03.17 - GÖTTINGEN (DE)

Screening as part of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) conference

Info at www.siefhome.org

05.04.17 - BOSTON (US)

Screening as part of the annual Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference

Marriott Hotel

29.04.17 - ROVINJ (HR)

Official selection at the ETNOFilm Festival in Rovinj, Croatia

Info at www.etnofilm.com/en

16.05.17 - CAMBRIDGE (UK)

Presentation in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Host by the Societies and Markets research group

19.05.17 - MANCHESTER (UK)

Presentation at the event ‘Everyday Revolutions in Southern and Eastern Europe’

Info at www.everydayrevolutions2017.wordpress.com

06.06.17 - BUDAPEST (HU)

Workshop, presentation and debate event with radical housing activists

6pm at Bókay János utca 34. Budapest

Info at www.facebook.com

09-16.07.17 - MELBOURNE (AU)

Official selection at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Info at www.mdff.org.au

31.08.17 - LONDON (GB)

Presentation and panel discussion at the RGS-IBG conference in London

Info at www.rgs.org

12.09.17 - LEEDS (UK)

Presentation and discussion at the RC21 conference in Leeds.

Info at www.rc21leeds2017.wordpress.com

08.10.17 - CLUJ-NAPOCA (RO)

Presentation and discussion hosted by Focus Atelier.

Info at www.focusatelier.ro

10.10.17 - VIENNA (AT)

Official selection at the urbanize! Festival in Vienna.

Info at www.urbanize.at

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