Regional Competition

The Judge

Laurenţiu Calciu

Film presents Roma ‘forgotten victims of holocaust’: Roma deportation in Transnistria 1942-1944 and ‘Romani court’, actual traditional Roma justice which is based on mediation in local conflicts. The film focuses on the main character, the judge aka ‘Suta’ (Hundred), but also includes testimonies of his brother Rebedea and his sister Maria who tell their numerous children stories of Roma Holocaust. The film shows the actual life in community Obreja and Meteor, two compact, traditional communities in TG.Jiu. The viewers have a chance to see a real case before a Romani court, presided by judge Costica Policra, in the traditional community of Oravita place (near the Romanian border with Serbia).

Laurenţiu Calciu

Laurenţiu Calciu was born and grew up in Bucharest. When the Revolution came he was a Math teacher. Soon after, he got hold of a VHS camera and started filming the new democracy emerging in the Bucharest streets in 1990. Since capturing real life on film was obviously his passion, he decided to pursue it professionally and in 1991 was admitted to the National Film and Television School in UK, where he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Documentary Filmmaking. After graduating in 1995 he returned to Romania for a couple of years to teach documentary filmmaking. He made the award winning documentary ‘The Land is Waiting’ (screened at ZagredDox). He is very passionate about the Roma, their way of life and culture and decided to study the Romani language.

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O Krisinitori

2007, 26', color, video

Directed by:
Laurenţiu Calciu

Produced by:
Tumende TV, TV Productive International