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Romanian Film Festival Seattle and Filmabee have partnered up in a dream merger of passion for cross-cultural pollination. An online experience where every film is curated and every dollar GIVES BACK.

What can you expect?

The unexpected, of course. But for now we start with a curated retrospective of films from the festivals' last six years as well as some rare gems. Scroll down for the movie selection or stay and have some coffee with us.

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May 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM - May 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Special Focus: Romanian Cinema and Roma Rights Activism

Drink your morning coffee in the company of Radu Jude's - Golden Bear winner "Aferim!". Our special focus will be Romanian Cinema and Roma Rights Activism, with our former guest speakers at the Romanian Film Festival: Robert Horton (film critic), Magda Matache (Roma rights activist and scholar, director of the Roma Program at Harvard FXB) and Cristiana Grigore (research scholar and founder of the Roma Peoples Project at Columbia University).

Explore these resources to find out more about the topic:  

• Read an article co-authored by Magda Matache about the wave of racism affecting the Roma population in Europe during the pandemic: The Shameful Resurgence of Violent Scapegoating in a Time of Crisis in Open Democracy.
• Read  We Don't Speak to Them to learn more about the mission of the Roma Peoples Project and their vital role in bringing awareness of the underlying racism affecting the Roma worldwide.
• Read Robert Horton's article on Aferim! in The Film Comment.

June 6, 2020 at 10:30AM - June 6, 2020 at 11:30AM

Special Focus: Collective Memory in the Works of Eastern European Female Directors

Drink your morning coffee in the company of our guests from Romania and Bulgaria, filmmakers and producers Oana Giurgiu and Maya Vitkova.  Our conversation will have a special focus: Collective Memory in the Works of Eastern European Female Directors, taking as a departure point Giurgiu's documentary "Aliyah DaDa" (presented at the Romanian Film Festival in 2016) and  Vitkova's "Viktoria" (presented at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014).

Read “Viktoria”: A Great Film About Women, by a Woman, by Richard Brody to find out more about the topic.

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Spotlights Eastern European communities to celebrate 30 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Find out more about American Romanian Cultural Society's mission to create social change through film, art and education. With a focus on Romanian heritage, ARCS promotes projects that build bridges between Eastern European cultures on the West Coast.

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