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The documentary describes the experiences of the Romanian National Football team and their participation at the Homeless World Cup which took place in Melbourne, Australia in December 2008. The characters are six homeless people from Timisoara and the surrounding areas, gathered by Mihai Rosus, the coordinator and the coach of the team. He is trying to change the athletes, even though they are simple amateurs, in spite of their social status. Vasile Bereghi, Beniamin Calancea, Pavel Calancea, Daniel Podină, Claudiu Kostity, Radu Muntean are the members of the Romanian National Football team. The other team. The documentary, an HBO Romania original production, tells the story of each player and accompanies them on the streets of Timisoara, in their training camp from Buzias, it shows the experience of getting their first passport and arriving on other continent where they have the chance to represent their country.

Birds Way

In the Danube Delta, in Periprava, the old ones die and the traditions are lost. The Lipovan community, made up of old-rite believers, has remained without a priest. The priest has ever since been chosen from the community and he did not need to have theological studies. Now, the old priest is ill, bound to the bed for some time, and the new one cannot take care of his duties because he is unmarried and there is no girl willing to become a priest’s wife. The villagers are desperate – funerals are performed by the deacon, and the Easter and Christmas services are also held without a priest. The villagers remember that when they were children and the cries of the prisoners on the Danube were heard and the parents were lying to them that it was nothing, just the cry of the birds. “We are sinful”, the villagers say to themselves, looking into the past. The film follows three years from the community life, where recent changes and modernization unveil the fragility and vulnerability of a traditional society.

Children of Uranium

After working in the mines for decades, the survivors are there even in their dreams: in the uranium mine. However, in reality, in Băiţa Plai nothing resembles what once was. The “Avram Iancu” mine was closed in 1998 due to environmental concerns. The settlement is ailing. From the labourers of those times, few are alive. The once nice blocks are but a ruin. The people live by collecting mushrooms and selling them abroad. Because “who gives you a job, all sick and irradiated? We kick the bucket one after the other.” A black irony – even though the mine is closed, the traces of uranium can be found everywhere. The radiation level is high, the houses are double afflicted: from both the mine and the construction materials taken from the area. There is ore everywhere: locals can find pieces in the road dust, the children play in soil with a radiation level much above the allowed threshold. Above all, an innocent boy’s whistling is heard.

Gopo - a legendary name

Gopo - a legendary name

Ion Popescu Gopo  remains the first name that comes to mind when talking about Romanian feature film animation.

Gopo means over 50 awards in international competitions, if we only  refer to some of he’s important creations. He is a unique cartoon artistis in the short gold history of Romanian film animation.

If Gopo wouldn t have existed, he would have had to be invented. And, fortunately, he was selfinvented.

Kapitalism – Our Improved Formula

Imagine Ceausescu would come back 20 years after he was overthrown and executed. That he would start comparing the state in which he left the country for us, with the state of today. Imagine the former Communist dictator would understand it is some of his nearest who built Capitalism and that – generally – Romanians think only about money, cars and consumption. The proposal might seem absurd or funny – and it is. Because how else is post communist reality? I prefer to see it as a comedy. Anyway, there’s nothing more we can change about it. After Eastern European countries joined the EU, our recipe for capitalism might be successful in other parts of the world.