41 guests from 14 films and events


Alexandru Solomon
ALEXANDRU SOLOMON is the President of the One World Romania Association and until 2018 was the director of the documentary and human rights festival organized by the association. Alexandru is one of the most active and award-winning Romanian documentarians, directing and producing documentaries since 1993. The list of documentaries directed by Alexandru include: "The Great Communist Robbery" (2004), “War on the Waves” (2007), “Capitalism - Our Secret Recipe” (2010) and “Tarzan's Eggs” (2017). In 2017, he published the volume "Representations of memory in documentary film". He teaches at UNArte, Photography and Dynamic Image department.
Bogdana Popa
Bogdana Popa este responsabilă de comunicarea proiectelor de CSR derulate de Kaufland România și colaborează cu peste 70 de organizații neguvernamentale pentru implementare a peste 150 de proiecte anual. Cu un background de 7 ani în relații publice și organizare de evenimente, Bogdana s-a alăturat celei mai sustenabile companii din România (conform CSR Index) din dorința de a contribui la un viitor mai bun. Doar în 2020, Kaufland România a investit 8 milioane de euro în proiecte de responsabilitate socială, iar de 4 ani este sponsor al festivalului One World Romania.
Cristina Haneș

Cristina Haneș

Tutor High School Students Jury

NoCut Film Collective was co-founded in 2016 by Cristina Haneș (Romania), Isabella Rinaldi (Italy) and Arya Rothe (India) after collaborating in the framework of DocNomads Master Course in Documentary Directing. The collective directs and produces author-driven documentaries, envisioning filmmaking as collaborative and transcultural. ”A Rifle and a Bag” is the collective’s first feature length creative documentary.
Diana Oncioiu
She is currently a reporter for the alternative publication and a member of the “Let There Be Light” collaborative project team, created by and the Media Investigation Center. She has worked in television for five years for the tv channels Realitatea TV and Digi24. She frequently writes about social subjects – violence against women, education, social assistance, extreme poverty, social exclusion. Diana Oncioiu is also the author of various reports on the social reintegration of former inmates, on life in the basements of Ferentari (a neighbourhood in Bucharest), on human trafficking, as well as on how the judicial system handles sexual offences concerning underage victims. 
Ionela Băluță
Dr. Ionela Băluță is a teacher at the Faculty of Political Science (the University of Bucharest), the director of the Center for the Study of Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES), as well as the founder and the coordinator of the MA program Equal Opportunity Policies in the Romanian and the European context (MPES). Her areas of expertise are gender studies, policies of equal opportunities, the political representation of women, the history of feminism, gender, hygiene, and nation in the 19th century. She has published dozens of essays on these subjects, she has coordinated and participated in numerous national and international research projects. In addition, as an equal opportunities expert, she has participated in national and international projects and she is a constant collaborator of the associative sector. 
Maciej  Nowicki

Maciej Nowicki is co-founder and director of the International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Warsaw, one of the world’s largest human rights film festivals. He is also the author of the concept behind the FUTURE DOCS European platform for creative encounters between human rights defenders and documentary filmmakers, as well as vice-president of the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland - one of Europe’s leading human rights NGOs. An expert on human rights and documentary film, Nowicki conducted training sessions, served on several juries, and participated in various panel debates at several international film festivals.

Maciej Nowicki
Maciej Nowicki is co-founder and director of the International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Warsaw, one of the world’s largest human rights film festivals. He is also the author of the concept behind the FUTURE DOCS European platform for creative encounters between human rights defenders and documentary filmmakers, as well as vice-president of the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland - one of Europe’s leading human rights NGOs. An expert on human rights and documentary film, Nowicki conducted training sessions, served on several juries, and participated in various panel debates at several international film festivals.
Mona Nicoară
MONA NICOARĂ started working in film in 1997 as an Associate Producer for Children Undeground, which received the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her directorial debut, Our School, premiered in the US at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, went on to over 70 festivals worldwide, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature at AFI SilverDocs, was nominated for Best Eastern European Documentary at the Silver Eye Awards and for Best Romanian Documentary at the Gopo Awards. Her latest film, The Distance between Me and Me, won the audience award at Films de Cannes à Bucarest and played in Romanian cinemas for over 18 weeks. Nicoară ahas taught film, writing, and literature at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, New York University, and Rutgers.
Monaliza Cîrstea
She has over 20 years of experience in human rights, legislative harmonization, the development of public policies, project management, social assistance (focused on the rights of disabled people, children’s rights, gender equality, domestic violence, gender-based violence, human trafficking and exploitation) and she is responsible for the coordination of the specialty department of ANES – the 0800 500 333 national helpline for victims of domestic violence, gender discrimination, and human trafficking. Moreover, she has coordinated the governmental endeavours concerning the ratification and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in our country.
Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan
MONICA LĂZUREAN-GORGAN is a producer and director. She has produced or co-produced several feature films or documentaries that have won awards at the Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno etc. ("Acasa, My Home", "Chuck Norris vs. Communism", "Just a Breath", "Timebox", "Colivia", "Free Dacians", etc.).

"Just a Breath" documentary directed by Monica was awarded at the Sarajevo IFF 2016 with the Best Documentary Award, received the GOPO Award in 2017; Award for Best Documentary Film at the EEA Vienna International Film Festival, Austria, 2017; Award for the best Romanian documentary film at ASTRA, 2016; online could be seen on Mubi and Amazon.

Recently, the documentary produced by Monica "Acasă", directed by Radu Ciorniciuc, was awarded at Sundance with the Prize for the best image, at Krakow IFF with the Prize for the best film, at Dok Fest Munich with the Prize for the best film and in Thessaloniki with the Jury Prize 2020. Also in 2020 Monica had her international premiere with the film "Lemn" / "Wood" at the HotDocs and CPH: Dox Film Festival.
Oana Băluță

She is a lecturer at the University of Bucharest and a feminist activist, she has a PhD in Political Science, and she is involved in awareness activities and campaigns concerning women’s rights and gender-based violence.

She has written, edited and published articles and books on gender interests and political representations, policies concerning the harmonization of family life and career, civic mobilization in matters of gender-based violence.

In 2016 she was a speaker at TedXEroilor, where she spoke about how to turn the non-safety net into a safety net when it comes to matters of violence against women: watch
In 2012, the Advantages Magazine offered her the 2012 Woman of the Year Award for “Advocacy Projects and Projects for the Prevention of Violence Against Women.” Since 2020 she started a collaboration with the “State of the Nation” show, where she created the broadcast “Nation. Gender: female.”
Radu Ciorniciuc
Radu Ciorniciuc este reporter special, co-fondator al Casei Jurnalistului - o comunitate de reporteri independenți - și regizor de film.

De-a lungul carierei, a lucrat ca scenarist și reporter de investigație, urmărind subiecte legate de drepturile omului, protecția animalelor și probleme de mediu.

Radu Ciorniciuc a realizat reportaje pentru The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Channel 4 News, ZDF și a fost premiat național și internațional la Premiile Superscrieri (Superscrierea anului 2014), Royal Television Society UK (2014), Amnesty International UK (2014), Harold Wincott Award for Business Economic and Financial Journalism (2016) și alte instituții internaționale de prestigiu.

ACASĂ reprezintă debutul său în calitate de regizor de film documentar.

De la premiera mondială din cadrul festivalului Sundance (2020), filmul ACASĂ a fost prezentat și difuzat în mai mult de 100 de festivaluri și televiziuni internaționale.

Filmul a fost nominalizat pentru premiile Academiei de Film Europene (2020).
Valer Simion Cosma
Valer Simion Cosma s-a născut în 1986, în comuna Telciu, jud. Bistrița-Năsău. Este doctor în istorie, cercetător științific III la Muzeul Județean de Istorie și Artă din Zalău, membru al Institutului pentru Solidaritate Socială și președinte al asociației Centrul pentru Studierea Modernității și a Lumii Rurale. A fost angajat al Fundației Research Innovation ca senior researcher în cadrul proiectului Political Clientelism: a comprehensive frame for measuring electoral irregularities, coordonat de prof. univ. dr. Isabela Mareș (Columbia University, US). Timp de doi ani (2015-2017), a fost cercetător în cadrul proiectului “East-West”. Vernacular religion on the boundary of Eastern and Western Christianity: continuity, changes and interactions (Seventh Framework Programme – ”Ideas” Specific programme – European Research Council) găzduit de Institutul Etnografic al Academiei Maghiare de Çtiințe din Budapesta, Ungaria.

Este fondator al Centrului pentru Studierea Modernității și a Lumii Rurale (2016), al Telciu Summer Conferences (2012), al Telciu Summer School (2016) și al platformei de rezidențe de cercetare și creație artistică Culese din Telciu (2018). A publicat o serie de studii în volume colective și reviste de specialitate din România și străinătate. Preocupările sale vizează modernizarea lumii rurale, migrația, naționalismul, religia vernaculară și raporturile dintre modernitate/colonialitate și religie în Europa de Est.

În paralel cu activitatea academică, a contribuit la documentarea și realizarea unor filme documentare: Disco is Dead, (regia Alina Manolache, 2017), Telciu - work in progress (regia Vlad Petri); performance-uri artistice: ÜBUNG IN TRAUER/EXERCISE IN MOURNING by Maria Magdalena Ludewig & Guests, at Kampnagel – Internationales Zentrum für Schönere Künste, Hamburg, 2017 și spectacole de teatru:

Frontal (regia Gianina Cărbunariu, 2019), Fabrici și Uzine (regia Adina Lazăr, 2019) și Sunt una dintre fortunate (regia Claudiu Lorand Maxim, 2019). În 2017, alături de Ágota Ábrán, a coordonat numărul ”Lumea Rurală Postsocialistă”, al Gazetei de Artă Politică. Este editorialist contributor la cotidianul Libertatea și publicist ocazional în mai multe reviste culturale și platforme de critică socială.


Ada Solomon

Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer and the founder and managing director of HiFilm Productions, created in 2004 and microFILM, created in 2012. She has been working in the film business for 25+ years.

She has been collaborating for both feature & documentaries with the main figures of the Romanian New Cinema such as Cristian Nemescu, Radu Jude, Razvan Radulescu, Adrian Sitaru, Constantin Popescu, Alexandru Solomon and has produced short films and debut features of emerging filmmakers such as Paul Negoescu, Cristian Iftime, Daniel Sandu, Ivana Mladenovic, Sebastian Mihailescu, Stefan Constantinescu, Valentin Hotea, Adriano Valerio, Federico Bondi, Martha Berman.

She has produced films presented and awarded in the most prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Sundance. Recent projects include CHILD’S POSE (Călin Peter Netzer, 2013), which won the Golden Bear in Berlin, AFERIM! (Radu Jude, 2015), which won the Silver Bear, and BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN (Radu Jude, 2021), Golden Bear winner. Ada Solomon has co-produced with numerous European countries and has released her films in over 50 territories. She has served as a line producer for foreign international projects such as Franco Zeffirelli’s CALLAS FOREVER and Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated TONI ERDMANN. 

Apart from her producing job, Ada Solomon is managing, together with Tudor Giurgiu, Cityplex, a network of miniplex cinemas in Romania, which is a member of Europa Cinemas. Also she is the founder of the Short & Medium Length International Film Festival NexT.

She is the Deputy Chairwoman of the board of the European Film Academy, the Executive President of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, the Romanian National Coordinator of EAVE, member of the executive board of ACE. She was awarded with the European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages at the 2013 European Film Awards and with the Central European Initiative Award at the Trieste Film Festival in 2018.

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe live and work together in Lille.

Both raw and sensitive, Diane Sara Bouzgarrou’s films are inhabited by characters haunted by their loneliness and exiled within themselves.Her previous film, ”I remember nothing,” was acclaimed in festivals, in France and abroad (Cinéma du Réel, Torino Film Festival, RIDM).

Eléonore Weber
Eléonore Weber is an author, a theatre and a film director. Her approach explores both the theatre and cinema languages. Regarding cinema, she directed a short and a medium length fiction film, ”Temps mort” and ”Les hommes sans gravité”. She has also directed a documentary, ”Night Replay,” co-written with Patricia Allio. The film relies on reenactments of a role-play invented by migrants.
Iryna Tsilyk
Iryna Tsilyk (born in 1982, in Kiev) is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer. ”The Earth Is Blue as an Orange” is her feature-length documentary debut. Moreover, Tsilyk is the author of eight books published in Ukraine (which include poetry, prose, and children’s books).
Katia Pascariu
Katia Pascariu is an actress and cultural activist – she has studied performing arts (2006) and anthropology (2016). She lives in Bucharest. Pascariu works mainly in theatre and she collaborates with pluridisciplinary teams for educational projects, locally and internationally. For 10 years now she has been activating in educational and political theatre, participating, together with her colleagues from the Replika, Macaz Coop., and Vârsta4 collectives, in the development or various artistic and social programs which support vulnerable or maginal communities. Katia promotes the committed art, accessible to everyone, preoccupied with the issues of our contemporary society: education, social justice, human rights, discrimination and racism, recent history. She is part of the artistic collective of the State Jewish Theater of Bucharest. Key words: empathy, solidarity, critical thinking.
Miguel Eek
Miguel Eek was born in Madrid in 1982. He is a graduate of ESCAC Catalonia (documentary filmmaking, 2004), and Arcada Polytechnic Helsinki (2005). After working as a director of documentaries and TV series, in 2007 he founded his own production company, Mosaic, in Mallorca. Selected at more than 30 international festivals, his films have received the Best Script Award at the Madrid Film Festival, two City of Palma awards for Best Film, three Latino awards, as well as Best Documentary and Best Script award at the Mallorca de Cinema awards, among others.
Mirjam Landolt
Mirjam Landolt (born in 1983, in Switzerland) is a visual artist and filmmaker. The themes she explores in her work revolve around nature, communities, habits, rituals, as well as the relationship between reality and the imaginary, and the way they intermingle.
Paloma Sermon-Daï
Paloma Sermon-Daï was born in Namur (Belgium) in 1993. After studying Arts and Humanities at the Conservatoire de Musique de Huy, in September 2016 she took up cinematographic technique courses (bachelor’s degree) at the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles, where she directed three short films. Her graduation film, ”Makenzy” (2016), was screened at Visions du Réel.
Raluca Durbacă
Raluca Durbacă is a director of documentaries and film critic. She graduated from the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations of SNSPA (2006) and from the Faculty of Film of UNATC Bucharest (2015). She has been a collaborator of the Film Menu cinema magazine (since 2012) and guest film critic for Éducation à l’image, a cinematographic education program for high school students, organized by NexT International Film Festival in partnership with the French Institute in Bucharest. She has published essays in the edited volumes ”The Politics of Film. Contributions to the interpretation of contemporary Romanian cinema” and ”The Transition Film: Contributions towards a critique of Romanian 1990s cinema”. She has over 10 years of experience in film production and she has collaborated with various Romanian film festivals. ”The Certainty of Probabilities” is her debut.
Vladimir Léon
BBorn in Moscow in 1969, Vladimir Léon has directed several documentaries (Nissim aka Max, The Comintern Brahmin, Farewell Radiator Street The Polyhedron and the Elephant, My Dear Spies), as well as fiction films (Far from the Front, The Angels of Portbou). In 2008 he founded the production company Les Films de la Liberté, and started producing both fiction and documentary films for directors such as Julie Desprairies, Serge Bozon, Véronique Aubouy, Pierre Léon, Arnold Pasquier. He is also an actor.

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