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Lumea e a mea/ The World is Mine (2015)

Am fost ieri seară la Cinema Pro la premiera filmului „Lumea e a mea/The World is Mine” în regia lui Nicolae Constantin Tănase și am rămas cu scene și secvențe puternic dramatice întipărite în minte. Zău, trebuie să-l vedeți! 🙂

Deși inițial ai impresia că e încă un film de tipul „noua generație de regizori români care exploatează comunismul, urmele lui în prezent și alte lucruri bizare cu care toți ne-am obișnuit”, ei bine, aici e vorba de o adevarată sincronizare la zilele noastre și o incursiune foarte intimă în viața unor adolescente, a prieteniei dintre ele și a mediului lor social. Majoritatea tinerilor actori sunt amatori și se află pentru prima dată pe marile ecrane. Am înțeles din câteva discuții backstage că au fost temeinic pregătiți de traineri ai festivalului de teatru tânăr Ideo Ideis. Povestea Larisei (Ana Maria Guran joacă incredibil pentru o puștoaică începătoare) și a generației actuale de adolescenți ce-și măsoara popularitatea prin like-uri pe Facebook și vizualizări pe YouTube te va ține cu sufletul la gură până la sfârșit. Promit. E un gust amar în drama Larisei și deși totul e scăldat în metafora inocenței și credulității vârstei, izul de „murdar” persistă puternic.

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„Lumea e a mea/The World is Mine” a avut premiera mondială la TIFF 2015, unde a câștigat Premiul de debut în Zilele Filmului Românesc. Alte bling-bling-uri după care știu că tânjiți: Mențiunea specială a juriului în competiția East of the West a Festivalului de la Karlovy Vary și Trofeul Anonimul International Independent Film Festival.
Despre film aflați mai multe aici.
Programul filmului la diferite săli de cinema în săptamana asta îl găsiți apăsând pe cumpără bilete aici.

Din nou, nu vă dau trailerul, că nu cred în ele. Dacă insistați să-l găsiți singuri, vă anunț de pe acum că este înșelător. Mergeți pe încredere.

Love,
Lori

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Spectacol si simtire. 0003_AFTERTASTE la eXplore festival #10

eXplore festival a ajuns la ediția cu numărul 10. Nu știu unde m-am ascuns atâta amar de vreme, dar ador că am descoperit o părticică de lume care trăiește și simte prin mișcare. Cumva mi-era dor de asta fără să știu.

0003_AFTERTASTE a avut avanpremiera aseară la W.A.S.P. ( working art space & production, Ion Minulescu 67-93, Corp E, et.2) și am avut norocul să fiu printre primii spectatori. Spectacolul este semnat de coregrafa Simona Deaconescu despre care am aflat o dată cu Silent Places, spectacolul ăla super fain al cărui clip video a făcut înconjurul lumii fiind proiectat pe la festivaluri de film.

Cum a fost? Wow, in-cre-di-bil. O simfonie de simboluri, mișcare, energie, introspecție, răscoliri și super atitudine! Nu știu dacă vă pot transmite o fracțiune din experiență, dar cert este că am trăit fiecare clipă intens, iar la final voiam să le iau în brațe pe fete, adică pe  Simona Dabija și pe Diana Spiridon. Nu am venit cu așteptări și m-au încărcat cu energie atomic de bună.

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În seara aceasta, dar și duminică pe 27 septembrie de la ora 19.30 TANGAJ DANCE vă așteaptă la premiera spectacolului tot acolo la W.A.S.P. Încă mai puteți face rezervări la contact@waspmagazine.com. Eu le-am scris cu o oră înainte de spectacol și mi-au răspuns imediat, așa că hai, fuguța, că-i târziu!

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Seymour- an introduction si debutul campaniei Fiecare Copil in Gradinita

That’s how life is. It has conflicts and pleasures, harmony and dissonance. The same thing occurs in music. (Seymour Bernstein)

Binecunoscutul actor Ethan Hawke preia rolul de regizor pentru prima dată și ne oferă un documentar emoționant despre pianistul și profesorul Seymour Bernstein. Cu ocazia lansării oficiale a campaniei “Fără educație, visurile dispar” 2015, asociația OvidiuRo vă invită să vizionați Seymour-an Introduction în cadrul unei proiecții publice pe 20 septembrie în piața George Enescu la ora 21.

Proiecția din Piața Festivalului marchează startul campaniei Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță, programul inițiat în 2010 de Leslie Hawke și Maria Gheorghiu, cofondatoarele Asociației OvidiuRo, pentru a oferi o șansă reală la educație și la integrare în societate copiilor săraci din România. Astăzi programul funcţionează în 11 judeţe din România.

Un aspect important al acestui program este reprezentat de tichetele sociale în valoare de 50 de lei pe lună, care sunt condiționate de prezența copiilor la grădiniță. Astfel, părinții sunt ajutați să le asigure celor mici gustarea zilnică. Mai multe detalii despre cum funcționează programul în clipul de mai jos:

Campania prin SMS vă invită să susțineți programul Fiecare copil în grădiniță cu 2 euro/lună. Trimiteți textul GRADI la 8844.

Pe lângă ajutorul prin SMS, puteți să contribuiți cu donații la Carrefour. Timp de o lună, puteți alege să donați un leu la casa de marcat, în toate cele 28 de hipermarket-uri Carrefour din întreaga țară.

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A conscious decision to care

That’s what I believe building love means.
Here is an Oscar-nominated stop-motion short film about the struggles of an upside down relationship. Sharing is caring. Thank you for sticking around.

HEAD OVER HEELS from Timothy Reckart on Vimeo.

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“Of the animated shorts, [Head Over Heels is] the cleverest.”
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“The attention to detail is staggering, particularly for a stop-motion animated movie… There may be an impressive crop of animated shorts this year, but Head Over Heels is the most fully realized of the whole bunch. Flawless.”
-William Bibbiani, CraveOnline.com

“This beautifully animated film is also a wonderfully unique story… Both whimsical and deeply felt… Simply extraordinary.”
-Richard Propes, theindependentcritic.com

Enjoy.

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Photo: Stockholm film poster

Hai la film la MTR!

Hei, am intrat în luna iulie și se potrivește de minune să vă trimit la niște filme bune. N-aveți planuri azi? Iaca. 🙂

Mai pe seară azi, 2 iulie, la Cinema Muzeul Țăranului rulează două filme faine. Un film în franceză și unul în spaniolă (o coproducție Spania- Argentina). Le-am văzut pe amândouă, le recomand cu căldura. 🙂 Dacă nu alegeți în funcție de tipicul limbii, puteți să alegeți în funcție de locul proiecției – înăuntru sau afară.

Primul este jovial prin temă, o adolescentă își descoperă un talent nebănuit, dar in acelasi timp este intens emotional prin scene în care sunetul lipsește. În traducere liberă, am plâns cu sughițuri la câteva momente prezentate din perspectiva părinților surdo-muți. Al doilea este mai degrabă o colecție de 6 povești scurte în care interacțiunea socială o ia razna. Grav. O comedie neagră care te scoate din ritmul rutinei. E sur-prin-ză-tor și-mi place teribil că nu e făcut pe șablonul Hollywood. Ah, era să uit, Wild Tales (Povești trăsnite, tradus la noi) este nominalizat la Oscar anul acesta.

Din programul Cinema Muzeul Țăranului citire:

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19:00 – Familia Bélier (Franța, 2014, regia Eric Lartigau, 106’)

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Toată lumea din familia Paulei este surdă, cu excepţia ei. Nu că asta ar fi o problemă. Nu, marea provocare a Paulei este să ţină pasul cu programul plin: când nu e la şcoală, îşi ajută familia la fermă sau la piaţă. La şcoală, Paula se îndrăgosteşte de Gabriel. Când el se înscrie în corul şcolii, se înscrie şi ea. Şi în secunda când începe să cânte, toţi rămân muţi. Paula are o voce minunată! Pe măsură ce exersează, pasiunea ei pentru cântat creşte. Dar cum ar putea urma acest vis pe care familia ei nu-l înţelege?
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21:30 – Povești trăsnite (Spania/ Argentina, 2014, regia Damián Szifrón, 122’)

Lipsiţi de apărare în faţa unei realităţi care pe neaşteptate poate deveni imprevizibilă, personajele din Wild Tales traversează graniţa subţire dintre civilizaţie şi brutalitate. O poveste despre dragoste, dezamăgire, răzbunări ale trecutului, tragedie şi chiar violenţa din detaliile vieţii de zi cu zi. Toate apar pentru a-i împinge pe eroi pe buza prăpastiei, spre incontestabila plăcere a pierderii controlului.
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Aștept impresii.
Cu drag,
Lori

Probigua celebrates 25 years in the service of Guatemalan education

I love that there are still some people in this world that manage to change their bits of universe for the better. One of these determined people is Don Rigoberto Zamora Charuc, director and founder of Probigua. I’ve told you about Probigua before and my experience in Antigua working for them. Besides being an Academy of Spanish Studies in Antigua, Probigua is a non profit organisation that does more for guatemaltecos than their own government, some say. This year they are celebrating 25 years of existence and work in the field of education in Guatemala.
The results are impressive:
-12 schools built
-16 libraries added to schools that had no such facilities
-2 bibliobuses or library buses that travel on a specific schedule in many of the villages and communities so that the children have access to books at least for some hours every 2 weeks.

Taking advantage of a talented student’s presence in the school, Zach Martinez, Don Rigoberto suggested we do a video presentation of Probigua’s efforts. It was lovely visiting many of the communities they have been working in, taking interviews, interacting with the children, teachers, librarians and volunteers from all over the country. I can’t wait to see Zach’s hard work in putting together all the bits and parts of these colourful lives we’ve witnessed.

In Nahuala, the children had no desks or seats, they were sitting on concrete blocks from construction sites, on pieces of wood or simply on the floor. We broght 350 desks to their school and they were so happy and grateful! They had a ceremony prepared so that we can see a bit of their traditions they follow during La cuaresma (the 40 days before Easter time). Also, we heard live marimba thanks to a band that came to greet us.

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San Pedro Yepocapa. This is where it all started back in the year 1989. With his brother, Luis Pedro Zamora Charuc, Don Rigoberto opened the first library in the entire rural area of Chimaltenango. Where? In their own house. The people were so surprised. Many wanted to buy the books, not knowing how a library actually works.

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We went visiting this community and found out Probigua has built a wonderful school for the children here. So colourful and happy! We interrupted their schedule to tell them about Probigua and its celebration. Don Rigoberto took the lead. He presented us, students: Lori viene de Rumania, Zach de los Estados Unidos. Thanks to these past weeks of studying Spanish with Gladys, I was able to hold a 10 minute motivational speech about the importance of education and the great opportunity the students have when such a blessing comes upon them. Let me make it clear, I was on a stage, with a microphone, in front of all the students of the school. I said mint instead of mind once, but otherwise, not many funny errors (menta y mente). Multi-talented Zach also prepared some songs for his audience and the kids loved him! At the end they came running towards us only to ask us more about our origins, our countries or other cultural differences.

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I love this country. If you guys want to help Probigua continue its fantastic work in Guatemala, you can do it here.

The miraculous cream for everything!

Chickenbuses never cease to amaze me. There’s so much life in them, it seems unbelievable. Lovers express love, kids laugh and cry in the same tonality, some eat, others play, drunkers sleep, backpackers are curious, mothers breastfeed, fathers make up stories, grannies keep an eye out for anything suspicious, the seats are uncomfortable for eveyone so you can see a bit of that back and leg pain in all the passengers’ eyes.
It’s gorgeous, I tell you.

What I enjoy very much is that every bus is unique with customized design, different driving styles and various weirdness of each money-collecting guys. Ah, what else? Yes! People with different kind of merchandise just pop in and out of a chicken bus during a trip so you can eat, drink and buy anything you might think of while going to the beach or the mountains of Guatemala.

My day got brighter when I actually followed the marketing discourse of a well dressed man about the cream. Just wanted to practice my Spanish active listening while I was stuck inbetween sleepyheads, Manouela and Izabel, but it really got to me. He was very pedant and started in a soft, but strong voice. He actually seemed to be taking after Julio Iglesias. A bit. Well, this charm actually worked while describing the properties of this noni cream that seems to help with everything. You name it: fungus, burns, irritation, scratches, hair loss, nail cuticles, acne. You just choose your skin problem and it actually solves it!

Now my description after I actually bought it: it’s yellow, gooey, it smells good, it’s made of 100% natural ingredients and it costs very little. What a bargain! 😀

WARNING!While traveling in a chicken bus, some of your reasoning abilities may be affected. That is the only explanation I can give for actually buying cream on the bus on my way to San Jose. Later at the beach I discovered probably the only downside of this creama milagrosa: it does not have a protection factor. You can still use it after you get sun burnt, though. WIN! 🙂

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PS. For non-Romanian friends, we have something similar in our country called galbenele. It is a cream made of yellow flowers that is used for burns, scratches, irritation. All our grannies use it and recommend it for any injury of the skin. The only difference is that you can’t buy it in a bus. Oh, Guatemala, we have so much in common!

Probigua. The Spanish School with a purpose

Con permiso, let me just tell you about my work here in Antigua, Guatemala. I signed up for AIESEC last year to be able to travel somewhere to Latin America. I didn’t have much trouble deciding which project to pick, the team from AIESEC Guatemala are very professional and did a great job in the invitations and decription emails. It is called “Ambassadors of Guatemala”. Who wouldn’t want to feel that kind of recognition for their experiences in another country? I was hooked. Guatemala is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America and I couldn’t wait to see what it has to offer. AIESEC together with the Govermental Insititution of Tourism and reputed Spanish schools are showing Guatemala’s beauty through all the participants’ eyes. Besides working in a volunteer project in my school, they are also offering me 2 hours of Spanish classes every day! How wonderful is that? 🙂

This is my sharp, gorgeous and very open-minded teacher, Gladys. I love our long conversations about the culture of Guatemala. ♥ Gracias.
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Academia de Español ProbiguaProyectos Bibliotecas Guatemala is where I work, learn Spanish and teach English to my Spanish teachers. Probigua is a non profit organisation that has two main goals: teaching Spanish and helping education reach poor communities in Guatemala. I find this so incredibly interesting and such an unique experience because I have also worked on a similar situation in Romania through OvidiuRO. The Spanish taught to the students of Probigua comes with an intensive, total-immersion experience, featuring 3 to 7 hours of one-on-one classes daily plus the opportunity of living with a Guatemalan family to learn about the culture and broaden language skills! I am so lucky to be one of these students and to be integrated into such a nice family. Not only is Sonia a great cook, but she also has a lot of patience and helps us, chicos, with the language during meals. My room is great and I have a perfect view from my terrace.

Probigua aims high and thinks big. They are helping the children of Guatemala by donating the school’s profits to maintain the Library Bus. Additionally, they establish and preserve libraries in the many rural places whereby there is no access to books. I was heartbroken while travelling with el Bibliobus to two of the poor communities close to Antigua: Magdalena Milpas Altas – a village on Volcan de Agua and Alotenango – a village at the bottom of the active Volcan de Fuego, which actually errupted on Saturday covering Antigua with ashes for many days.

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The kids had an earthquake evacuation drill and the lucky ones got to ride with the ambulance/firemen, los bomberos. It was also the school’s anniversary so the all the kids had activities in the yard and participated in a football competition.

The bullies stand aside but keep an eye out for some new victims.

It is incredible to be here and see children that RUN for the bus.They are super excited to see books and try to keep calm although you can see their sparkles of joy in their eyes while waiting for their teacher’s instructions and the librarian’s offerings ♥

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I sit down with them and tell them about my country. Most of them haven’t heard of it and ask me if I am a gringo. I then switch to fairytales like Count Dracula and Transylvania as the heart of Romania and they listen carefully. 🙂 One of them, Carlos, the kid with sad eyes but a kind smile actually knows where Romania is on the map. I’m very much impressed. He pays much attention to my stories and corrects my Spanish. He then buys some sweets with his 1 Quetzal only so I can try it. He is first on the left.

We have a group picture and the kids ask me for my facebook or twitter. 🙂

At the bottom of Volcan de Fuego lies the village Alotenango. The volcano shows a bit of anxiety as we approach, it exhales fumes every now and then and some of the forests lower from the crater are burning. The people of Alotenango live in harsh conditions of poverty and lack of water. The women usually gather in the main square to wash their clothes at the local lavatorium. Their kids wander around playing with boxes in the dust. They are happy, but shy at the sight of foreigners.

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Life is calm out here. Very tranquila. The time is not rushing anywhere and the people seem to know that very well. We park the 3000 book carrying bus by the main park and wait for new students to come in and ask to read something interesting.

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This cutie saw me climbing el Bibliobus and decided to join. He goes in to do some basic maths practice afterwards. He is 8 and didn’t go to school that day because he hadn’t done his homework, he says. He can’t read that well, but he is good with numbers.

Out of curiosity we also visit some classes in the nearby school and find the children practicing their sewing on patterned tablecloths. They are happy to tell us the few words they know in English and then show us their masterpieces. When the picture time comes, they goof around. Kids will be kids. 🙂

Most of the children around the lavatorium are curious about us ‘gringos’ but too shy to interact.  I sit down since I’m actually quite tall here and start presenting myself and shaking hands to make them feel more at ease.


My days are full here and I always wake up with a smile upon my face. I am grateful for this experience. Nothing you do for children is ever was