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.