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Astra Film Festival

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  • Amji-Kin: The Run of the World

    Log-races for men and women are an almost daily sport activity for the Canela, strongly conected with their mythology and ritual life. The film introduces Canela culture and then focuses on ritual and running events, explaining Canela ideas of "The Run of the World". ...

  • And the roof is called "Home"

    The Maramureş village is the eye of the sky for those who guard the mystery of the warm and perfumed wood which lasts a life-time. Its shadow is the everlasting nature of the church. ...

  • Anton Pann - Dealer in Words

    A film reconstructing the moment of transformation from an oral folk-culture, from the folklore of the city and slums to cultivated literature inspired by such folklore. It is about the passage from the old period to the new which new meet in a unique, fascinating character, Anton Pann. His life and work emanate a special atmosphere - that of Bucharest at that time. ...

  • Art of The Dictatorship , The Dictators of Art

    The author makes his documentary round the idea of the influence of the dictatorship on plastic, film, literary and architectural arts.For his commentary he used the words of some well-known figures in these fields. ...

  • Believes and Customs of the Danube Plain

    The film is structured in three parts: the ritual dances of "Calus" and "Dragaica" and the custom of "Caloianul". The Calus dance exists in this form only in the village Pietrisu, district Giurgiu. This ancient dance superimposes two images from mythology: worship of fairies and the cult of the horse. The Dragaica ritual originally involved a parallel between the young girls of the community and the fields of young wheat. Although once a fertility rite, the ceremony also has a curative function. The Caloianul ceremony invokes the rain. A clay doll is used in the ritual which takes the form of a funeral. ...

  • Blue are the Waves of the Danube

    The history and presence of the danube is shown in its ecological context. The Danube is a river, a traffic artery, a nature reserve, a source of drinking water, but also a threat through floods. The film juxtaposes man and the river. Colourful images of ecological relations and the watwr project help the wiewer to become acquinted with these ideas. ...

  • Cairns

    The mountain is as much a place of initatiom as of mystery. Cairns (cosmic altars) have existed for centuries as signs which link the earth and sky, man and cosmos. ...

  • City of the ants

    Emerging from the desert surrounding Lima (Peru) the 1500 urbanised acres of Villa El Salvador have already achieved world-wide fame. This self-organised slum, where 350000 people live, is considered a model for Latin America. ...

  • Cooperworking in SantaClara del Cobre

    The craft of copper-work developed successfully in the last decades, entering new markerts with new products. But the copper-workers are now facing the severe consequences of world-wide recession. Their comments accompany the film, in which their craft is shown. ...

  • Cotroceni Museum

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  • Essay on a landscape

    An everyday sight or an exotic vision, instantaneous or obsessive, minuscule or panoramic, the landscape only exists through our emotions, our sight, our representations. The power of the landscape of Buoux comes from it's harmony, the correspondence between the memory of the water in a limestone area it dissapears between the rocks and human memory which dissapears in the depth of history. The traces of the ancient past are much more present and tangible in the landscape than the contemporary marks of human life. ...

  • Family portraits

    The film focuses on the votive paintings of the court of the cantacuzin family (a Romanian Royal family). ...

  • Fires of velines

    This film is about the day of commemoration for the dead. Usually the ritual continues for one or two days, but in one small village the commemoration days for the dead last eight days.The ritual shows christian and pagan elements. ...

  • Foutura - A Lobi Potter tells her story

    Fortuna Sib is a 65 year old Lobi woman who been a potter all her life. She speack about her life, the technology and economy of pottery, religion and future prospects. ...

  • Going Abroad

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  • Hitting Sticks - Healing Hearts

    A film about death, griering,love,community,music and tradition.It provides an in-depth, insider's view of an Alaska Athapascan Indian memorial potlatch given by the parents in honor of a young man who drowned.This is the most important spiritual ceremony in Interior Alaska.It is a new beginning-a cleensing of the spirit and settlements of debts. Those who have put on a memorial potlatch say there is nothing to compare to the relief of completion.Produced at the request of Min to village elders as a means of continuing knowledge and showing the ritual significance of the memorial potlatch.It's collaborative process offers a unique ethnographic style. The title of this program is best explained in the words of potlach-giver Neal Charlie, "The sorrow is so strong, you have to get rid of it..." ...

  • House of Full Service

    "House of Full Service" is a documentary about a couple who make a living in the countryside with a bus-station bar, a flower stand and a funeral home all under the same roof. ...

  • Isolation Chamber

    A working day in a slaughter house near Bucharest. ...

  • Lalla Tama'zuzt's Travels

    "Beloved Lady" is the surname given by the village people to the young teacher who stayed with them in Kabylie from 1937 to 39. Fifty years later she has been been invited back to celebrate the publication of her book and the exhibition on her work giving public recognition on the ethnographical notes and photographies she made at the time. This testimonz of women-s daily life in the before World War II period is as much a contribution to Algeria cultural heritage as to the immigrants world in France. She arrived on donkey back the first january, 1937 to a snow convered mountain village, hard primitive conditions of life, hardlz anz means of communication, rudimentary means of transport. Food was scarce and she shared that life with the women folk. But she had a special mission, given her by the ministery to enshure that schooling was available to all and not just attended by a priviledged few, the "colonists" as was the case up to then. She took great interest in the women's art of weaving and helped them to organize their workshop. Throught this she developped such strong deep bonds with the people that they gave her the suname of "Beloved Lady". Today in Algeria we met people whi would like to change many things in their country: schooling, birth control, economy, women's condition, and culture. Language is a problem too. An activist berber finishes the film with these words: "We have been fighting for twenty years to get our berber language recognized, to have it institutionalized " for it's the national language of this country and it should be recognised as such by the authorities. This is how we conceived access to modernity and also the democratization of this society. We have no complexes, we are at ease within ourselves and that's also why we haven't got the same problems regards integrism as other people in Algeria. We are muslims, we are algerians and we are open to modernity. We are mediteraneean." ...

  • Let Our Songs Live

    This film was made by the invitation of the Siriono indians living in Ibiato a village in the jungles of Northern Bolivia. The Siriono used to be nomads but today live in a missionary founded village. In the eyes of the short-time visitor Ibiato may look like any Bolivian lowland village, but below the surface the old culture and religion are still alive. We follow the Siriano on longer expeditions into the jungle, take part in a grave-ritual, see a medicine woman curing a partient. There is no voice-over. ...

  • Lindenfeld 1994, Portrait of a Village

    Two men and a woman, all three eldery, are the last inhabitants of this one-time prosperous village, founded in 1828 by a froup of ethnic Germans. The yhree old people who live in isolation have retained nothing but hate for each other and faith in their Lord, the tin image of wich hangs insecurelly on a nail opposite the abandoned village church. ...

  • Lovage

    Forty days after Easter, at Ascension Sunday, the villagers of Sibiel take part in a unique ritual which betrays its pagan origins long after the triumph of Christianity. The cross and the plant lovage are celebreted in a festival which recalls the agrarian fertility rites of myth and folklore. ...

  • Out of Place

    Made during the summer of 1993 with a group of Bosnian refugees seeking aslum in Sweden, this film relates the feelings and issues at hand for two teenagers and their families. This is a situation where past, present and future all bear down at once. Nerna explains that "before the war started we all thought of ourselves as Yugoslavs. But now we know that it was all a big lie. We were just blind." Having lived in Sweden for five months , Haris becomes frustrated and impatient with the Suedish system, realizing that those who control his family's future aren't alwais responsive to their needs. Everything seems bitter, even the food. As summer ends, they try to piece together the fragments of their lives, but many hopes remain unrealised. ...

  • Poetry Behind Bars

    A poetical film inspired by the poet Radu Gyr who was imprisoned under three dictatorships. ...

  • Royal Palaces in Romania

    The exterior and interior architecture of the royal palaces in Romania (Peles Castle, Controceni Palace and the Royal Palace - at present the Art Museum in Bucharest). The film tells their story and examines their meaning within Romanian history and culture. ...

  • S.O.S. Sighisoara - Romania

    A call to save one of the oldest and architecturally most beautiful of Romanian towns which is in danger of imminent ruin. ...

  • Scream in the Ear-Drum

    An unconventional chronicle of the Romanian avant-garde between 1916 and 1947. This video tries to revive the spirit of this age. The texts used are quotations from avant-garde manifestos and magazines. ...

  • Stone Roots

    Dionysos comes from the sea. The mast of his boat is a vine-arbour like those rising out of the fresh cellars in the streets of baroque boroughs of the “Vale d’Itria”. For two thousand years potters have been making the same jars for preserving wine in the “trullo” beside home-made olive oil, cheese and bacon. In a forsaken estate, branches from a two hundred years old vine grow through tactful stone rings carved from the block. In the “cantina” of Locorotondo, an EC funded palace of technology and marketing, an ecologist is searching for adjectives to qualify the limpidity, aroma and flavour of a white wine born from the red earth of the garden like “vignete”. ...

  • Tadzhik Buffet

    Mairam, Safar and Goulle are filmmakers from Tadzhikistan, the easternmost of the former centralasian sovjet republics, bordering made to Dunshanbe and meet with them. Our trip to Tadzhikistan coincided with great social and political turmoil. The countrz was at the brink of civil war. The citz of Dushanbe had turned into a war cramp. Fundamentalist islamic group tried their strength against procommunist forces. Bz the time we left in the begining of Maz the first serious fighting has started. Our film follows our friends in their worries about the ongoing political situation. As filmmakers thez cannot make films. Thez do not want to engage themselves in a religious war. Perhaps thez have to leave Tadzhikistan to make a new start some other place. But were to go? ...

  • That Remarkable Visitor

    A film about modernist architecture in Bucharest between the World Wars, about the circumstances generating the spirit of renewal which characterized all Romanian culture, keeping it connected with the European cultural values. ...

  • The age of the year, the age of man

    A film made during the 1993 "National Exhibition of Naive Art", which recreated the universe of the Romanian village throught the eyes of those who, while not professionals, express themselves with the help of paint and brushes. They experience the village as their innermost soul.. ...

  • The Column of Trajan, The Feeling of the Hour Glass

    The Column of Trajan is a stone document about the Romanian people's genesis. Its graphic stone replica, a book on the column's restaurationin the 16-th century forms the basis of this film. ...

  • The Fires of the Dead

    The Thursday before Easter, at night, the women of the village made a fire in their yards out of hazel tree branches and afterwards they wept for their dead in the graveyard. ...

  • The Medieval past in Sibiu

    In the Transilvanian town of Sibiu gothic arhitectural jewels of the middle ages have been preserved to delight the eyes of visitors. ...

  • The Miraculous Water

    For centuries before the October Revolution the pilgrimage of Korennaja Pustin in Kursk, 5,000 km south of Moscow, was amongst the biggest events of the Orthodox church of Russia. The film was shot in 1993 shortly after the monastery was given back to the church. The chaos and anarchy said to be engulfing Russia cannot be found here where the local community seems in perfect order. The "white brothers" are trying to recruit new members for their sect in the streets. The television plays american movies of Marylin Monroe, and more than 5,000 people follow the holy icon, which is, unfortunately a replica. The original is in New York! To each his own miraculous water! ...

  • The Underground Man

    An important part of the Baltic history - from the Lithuanian perspective. As well as provinding much new information, the film is also a personal portrait of a man of the underground, Jonas Pajaujis, who spent most of his life striving for a free Lithuania, and who at last saw his dream realized. Of the three Baltic states Lithuania showed the most resistence to Soviet domination and for that reason encountered the strongest disinformation attacks from the KGB. ...

  • The Upper Tisa

    An artistic documentary about the upper reaches of the Tisa river in the Ukraine. We come across wild nature and it's impact on human life and material culture. The text is taken from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass". ...

  • There was once a village Here

    The dramatic situation affecting that part of the population which was a victim of the forced systematiyation of the villages around Bucharest up to 1989. The villagers tell their sad story to "the magic box". In cine-verite style, we see the inhuman conditions of life in the new housing-blocks. Some escaped, having saved half a house, yet others begin again from scratch. But the symbols of totalitarism, grim tower-blocks, unfinished buildings, countless hydro-electric dams remain. The film offers no solutions but challenges those who dream of a return to the "good old times". ...

  • Viaţă dăruindu-le

    A touching artistic documentary about the Union War, 1916-18, the defence of the Faith and of the Romanian nation. ...