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Love Is Not an Orange

Otilia Babara
Screening time  
28.03. / Tuesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 4  
29.03. / Wednesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3  

In the early 90’s, women left Moldova in large numbers to provide for their families. Unable to return home, they found a peculiar way to stay in touch: sending large cardboard boxes filled with gifts and food you could only dream about in those days. In return, their children would send videotapes. This exchange became a ritual among thousands of families. Through these intimate private archives, the film depicts the fragility of family bonds through the eyes of a generation of mothers and daughters who were forced to live apart in order to survive. While doing so, it portrays a post-soviet country caught in a crossroads of history. A country whose women were unwittingly put in charge of making the transition from communism to capitalism.


Otilia Babara

Otilia Babara is a documentary filmmaker from Moldova currently based in Brussels. She directed and produced several short films, namely Irene (2015), selected for several international film festivals, and Women on Canvas (2009), which was awarded in Astra Film Festival and Cronograf Film Festival. Her subjects are often invisible people: those who have something valuable to share, but whose voice is rarely heard. Whether by chance or unconsciously, her protagonists always end up being women.

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Love Is Not an Orange

France, Netherlands, Belgium, Moldova, Republic of
2022, 73'

Directed by:
Otilia Babara

Edited by:
Pierpaolo Filomeno

Hanne Phlypo, Simone van den Broek, Christine Camdessus, Otilia Babara

Produced by:
Clin d'œil films, Basalt Film, Alegria Producions

Festivals & Awards:

DOK Leipzig (2022), Trieste FF (2023)