JUSTICE IN UNJUST TIMES
Already a tradition by now, the section of our festival dedicated to the rule of law will be extensive at the 13th edition of One World Romania, and will comprise of seven films, exploring the judicial and prison system, historical traumas and current conflicts in various places across four continents.
This year, through two of the films, “The Visit” (Jorge Leandro Colás) and “Seven Years in May” (Alfonso Uchôa), our focus turns to South America, affected by ongoing political turbulence. Both choose to present intimate and poignant outlooks on certain issues which lie at the heart of the turmoil in this area: delinquency and the utterly inadequate and at times even criminal reaction of the authorities. In “Advocate” (Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaďche), our viewers will be given the chance to witness the trials and tribulations of a famous Israeli lawyer who has spent decades fighting for the Palestinian cause. And they will be horrified to discover, in “Aswang” (Alyx Ayn Arumpac), the political situation in the Philippines, where the agents of the state are guilty of crimes in the name of the war against drug traffickers.
Also included in this section are two of the most highly anticipated Romanian films of the year. Two of them deal with events of the distant past: “The Exit of the Trains”( Radu Jude and Adrian Cioflâncă) paints a vivid picture of one the most heinous atrocities to take place on Romanian soil in the 20th century, while “Uppercase Print” tells the story of Mugur Călinescu, a high-school pupil who in the ‘80s used to scribble in chalk slogans hostile to the Ceaușescu regime.