On September 22nd 2013, two filmmakers relocate 50 angry young people to a village, into an imaginary 2015 when Romania is no longer a state but a private enterprise. This dystopian village was entirely bought—the land, houses, animals and people—by a large exploiting company. Exposed fully frontal to the imminent bulldozing of the entire village, the participants get positioned as either attackers or defenders of Romania Enterprise. But the arrival of the bulldozer suddenly destabilizes the core identities of the ones involved: the victim becomes the aggressor, the director becomes the dictator and the dictator becomes the negotiator. They slowly get absorbed into a hectic battle that pushes them to rely blindly on something that was no longer clean: the water. A film that equates the democracy sham of the Romanian state and the production politics of cinema.

#norma is an anarcho-feminist action group which spontaneously emerged in May 2014 at the first encounter of the three artists living and working in Bucharest: Andra Popescu, Ioana Păun and Maria Drăghici. #norma infiltrates where the artistic and cultural establishment manifests itself, in order to disrupt it. Whether it’s concerts, protests, launches, festivals, exhibitions – #norma take the form of the event and subsequently destabilize it, derailing its path from a comfortable and convenient mode to a gaseous and volatile state of affairs. #norma is questioning the rules, the quietude and the resignation.


Andra Popescu