PORTAVOCE / MEGAPHONE DOCUMENTARY

A documentary film by Ruxandra Gubernat, Marcel Schreiter and Henry Rammelt.

SYNOPSIS:

Portavoce/Megaphone follows the emergence ofalternative types of cultural interactionin Romania that have contributed overtime to the development of a new typeof civil society responsible for the massive protests of recent years. The film traces back the evolution of aculture of protest in Romania throughthe voices and opinions of key actorsinvolved in social mobilization, in directactions and in the development of acultural scene favorable to politicalinvolvement – from cyclists’ protests,Street Delivery, Roşia Montană,Colectiv and up to recent protests against OUG13 – bringing to the fore adeeply changing country, increasingly experienced in a culture of protest thathas its roots in the alternative culturalscene

TRAILER: 

LINK TO PORTAVOCE ON FACEBOOK

NEXT SCREENINGS:

• Leipzig – Schaubühne Lindenfels: SA 16.March.2019 / 19h 
• Leipzig – Kinobar Prager Frühling: THU 28.March.2019 / 18h

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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:

Portavoce started as a reaction to the tragic fire in the alternative venue Colectiv, in October 2015. We felt that we want to better understand how and why this event is relevant for the Romanian society as it is right now. Even though we didn’t actually have a clear plan in mind , we believed that the civic spirit and the critical thinking opposing the political establishment appeared and developed in a non-mainstream cultural environment, that was shuddered after Colectiv. Our movie tells that story. The story of a society that is not favorable to critical spirit. A society where conformity was the rule of the game, and all attempts to break with that state of affairs were sanctioned. Inthis perspective, we saw the mobilization for Roşia Montană, from 2013, as being the trigger for the appearance of a generation ready for political action. The 2017 protests were, in our understanding, the confirmation that civic involvement is here to stay, that it gradually occupied a place in this society, even if itslong-term effects are not to be foreseen and its scope appears to become more narrow.As an analogy between the movie’s topic and our own work, we acted autonomously, even though independent movie making involves a great deal of precariousness. Still, in the past two years, we spentcountless hours filming protests, talking to people, readjusting our perspective and sharpening our narrative. Throughout the past year, we were back and forth between Bucharest and Marcel’s studio in Leipzig, where the final editing took place. Being the first project on which we worked together, it was also a learning processand, most importantly, we felt that we evolved into a team.

BIOGRAPHIES:

RUXANDRA GUBERNAT
Bucharest-based journalist, researcher and independent documentary filmmaker, Ruxandra Gubernat was born inRomania, in 1982. After working for seven years as a journalist in Bucharest, Ruxandra moved to Lyon, where she did her M.A. in Media Sociology. At the same time, shestudied sociology and philosophy of film, at the Institute for Political Studies in Lyon. Recently, she obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Paris Nanterre. Afterliving in France for six years, she came back to Bucharest, where she’s now working on bringing research and cinematogether, focusing on documentaries which examine Romanian social realities. Her second documentary, Chorba Nation witnesses of her anthropological approach to cinema.

HENRY RAMMELT
Passionate about protests and social movements since his youth, Henry is spending a great deal of his time watching protest, both on the screen and in the streets. His Ph.D. atthe University of Lyon was dedicated to recent social movements and protest networks in Hungary and Romania.He is currently teaching at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. He was aresearch assistant at Sciences Po (Paris) and obtained several research fellowships. He majored in Political Sciences and Sociology at the University of Technology Dresden (MA) andthe Institute for Political Studies Lyon. His publications and talks focus on collective action and protest in countries with transition background, especially Eastern Europe.

MARCEL SCHREITER
Visual artist and documentary filmmaker, born in Germany in 1982. Works as independent film producer in Leipzig since 2011. In 2015, he finished the Master’s Program in Applied Cultural and Media Studies at the Merseburg University, in Germany. Marcel had several foreign scholarships and artistic residencies at the University of Bergamo in Italy, atthe Charles University Prague and at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest. In 2012, he won the Arte European Short Film Competition “The Shortest Day”.

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DIRECTORS: Ruxandra Gubernat, Henry Rammelt, Marcel Schreiter
SREENWRITERS: Henry Rammelt and Ruxandra Gubernat
CAMERA: Marcel Schreiter
EDITING: Marcel Schreiter
PRODUcTION: Kirschbaum Pictures
NARRATION: Ana Ularu
SOUND DESIGN: Low Freq
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2017/2018
LENGHT: 56 minutes
LANGUAGES: Englisch/Rumänisch
SUBTITELS: English/Deutsch/Rumänisch

INTERVIEWS WITH:
Narcis Axinte, Florin Badita, Mihnea Blidariu, Ionut Brigle,Claudiu Chihaescu, Claudiu Craciun, Andrei Hategan, Cosmin Lupu, Cristian Neagoe, Codin Oraseanu, Razvan Pascu, Veda Popovici, Ionut Ruscea, Bogdan Serban, Iulian Vacarean

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
• One World Romania International Film Festival, Bucharest – March 2018
• Astra International Film Festival, Sibiu – October 2018
• Cinepolitica IFF, Bucharest – April 2018
• Mad in Romania, Timisoara – November 2018
• European Cinematography Awards 2019 – Finalist ‘best documentary film project’

OTHER SCREENINGS:
• Cinecivitas Film Festival – KunstKooperative Berlin, April 2018
• Serile FJSC Bucharest, Universität Bucharest, April 2018
• National Universität for Politic Studies, Bucharest, May 2018
• Habitus, Sibiu, May 2018
• Casa Forum, Alba Iulia, July 2018
• Colivia, Bucharest, July 2018
• Cinema Arta, Arad, July 2018.
• Offener Kanal Merseburg/ Querfurt, August 2018
• Casa Activistului, Bucharest, January 2019
• Universität Sophia Antipolis Nizza, February 2019

FURTHER LINKS:
• Portavoce on IMDB
• “Recreative activism in Romania” articel by Henry Rammelt
• “Activistes protestataires en Hongrie et en Roumanie” book by Henry Rammelt
• Radio Romania – interview with Ruxandra Gubernat
• Scene 9 – press article

• All about Romanian cinema – press article
• DOR – interview with Ruxandra Gubernat

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