In 2017 I founded a collective called A Community Productions, which focuses on video-ethnographic works with an impact. Our first film is ‘A început ploaia / It started raining‘, around forced evictions and the fight for the right to housing in Bucharest (Romania).
Accordingly to Amnesty International, in Romania ‘the right to housing is not effectively recognized or protected by national legislation’ and Roma people are ‘disproportionally affected’ by forced evictions. A început ploaia is the first feature documentary narrating the full history of, and reasons behind, this continuous harassment and displacement. The film follows the story of the Vulturilor 50 community of Bucharest (100 individuals), whom dwelt on the street from September 2014 to June 2016 in order to fight against the eviction from their home, enacting the longest and most visible protest for housing right in the history of contemporary Romania. The vicissitudes of this community are interpolated with a number of interviews with activists, scholars and politicians, composing a picture that speaks of racial discrimination, homelessness, evictions, but also of practices of resistance and social change. A început ploaia is the touching testament to the everyday revolution of people fighting evictions from the centre of Bucharest, an endeavour made of fragile dwellings, provisional makeshifts and fierce occupancy of public space.
Lived and experienced by the people of Vulturilor 50
Written, researched and directed by Michele Lancione
Produced by A Community Productions
Editing and motion graphics by Eleonora Mignoli
Graphic Design by Anouvong Southiphong
Colour Grading by Jack Strange
Music Licensing by Francesco Menegat
Sound mix by Alessandro Ciani
Translations from Romanian by Alina Huzui-Stoiculescu
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