Analysis 23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Hopes of comprehensive change to the film industry – deemed vital for this flourishing field - have suffered another blow after Romania’s parliament withdraw the reform legislation.

Alexandra Nistoroiu
Tudor Giurgiu, a producer and directo. Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia

Romanian filmmakers are following the latest political developments in their country with special concern, since the collapse of the government has overshadowed their mounting campaign for new legislation to modernize the film industry.

The filmmakers’ protest movement has its own hashtag, #OUG91, as well as a Facebook page, a symbol created by Romanian visual artist Dan Perjovschi, and a promotional video.

These and other activities formed part of a filmmakers’ offensive against the decision in late May of the Chamber of Deputies to reject a government ordinance on reforming the film industry.

 “We are all part of an unpredictable, incoherent and clumsy political system. Anything can happen. It is like a lottery based on inspiration, luck or bad luck, which is all the sadder, as we are talking about a field that has been putting Romania on the map for years,” says Cosmina Stratan, an award-winning Romanian actress.

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