Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc, documentary, 86 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Lina Vdovîi, Radu Ciorniciuc
With Vali Enache, Gică Enache, Niculina Nedelcu, Rică Enache, Marcel Enache, Gigel Enache, Nicușor Enache, Luci Enache, Zâna Enache, Duca Enache, Corina Enache, Georgiana Enache
The Văcăresti delta, a huge marsh in the Romanian capital and home to a Roma family of 11, is about to become an urban reserve.
Eerie landscapes bordering a grim cityscape create the backdrop for a family story packed with issues of ecology, politics, understaffed social services, extreme poverty, exclusion, and a quest for freedom. In the director’s words, “the story is actually about their attempt, but also about ours, to build a place inside us and also in the world that we can call Home”.
The authenticity of the characters, splendidly outlined despite this being a documentary, the breathtaking images against the gaps in status and bureaucratic constraints make this reflection on gentrification and family bonds particularly worthwhile.
The film has received numerous awards at many prestigious festivals (Sundance, Thessaloniki, Munich, Krakow, Sarajevo) and continues to travel the world.