The Last Kalderash

Director:Cosmin Bumbuț & Elena Stancu
Country:România
Year:2016
Duration:80 min
Type:Doc
Projection:3 nov, 17:00, CINEMA ELVIRA POPESCU
Language:română
Subtitles:engleză

Geo, a young Roma coppersmith from Corcova village, Romania, lacks the means to support his wife and his 6-year old son. The farmers from the surrounding villages are not buying his copper handmade objects anymore – the copper brandy stills, trays and pots the Roma coppersmith families traditionally manufacture and sell nearby. While the older Roma coppersmiths from Corcova still work copper for their few customers, the younger generation is leaving for France to collect scrap metal, or for Belgium to pick apples. Half of the Roma in Corcova have already left the country. Geo has been to France to collect scrap metal and to Belgium to work as an apple picker. He quickly learned French and earned some money to build a house in Corcova. Geo and his wife, Marina, are now preparing to depart again, but life in France is extremely hard for them. They live in “barracks” surrounded by garbage and rats, in extremely poor conditions compared to what they have at home. But going abroad is their last option, as their traditional craft is dying and they dropped out of school at the age of 12, when they got married.

Awards and Festivals:

Best Debut Award at Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017 / Special prize at Millenium International Documentary Film Festival Bruxelles 2017 / Astra Film Festival 2017 / Best Cinematography Award at Docuart Film Festival 2016

Tickets for the film “The Last Kalderash” can be bought here.