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Twenty years after the execution of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania has the appearance of a Western, capitalist democracy. However, behind the enticing commercial facade, the country has the lowest per capita income of all former Soviet states. Filmmaker Alexandru Solomon goes searching for the cause of this lopsided growth and interviews some of Romania’s wealthiest capitalists, all of whom have strong roots both in the former regime and the current government. They aren’t ashamed in the least; in the words of one, “You can’t be successful unless you steal.”
Romanian expatriate Alexandru Solomon’s documentary offers a satirical look at how miserably his homeland has fared in the post-communist era… Both enlightening and engaging. Recommended.
Recommended for academic libraries especially those with a focus on economics, Eastern Europe, and political science.
Educational Media Reviews Online
Solomon incorporates amusing stop-motion animation with Lego figures and Play-Doh along with slyly juxtaposed historical footage that add knowing chuckles while powerfully driving home his message of monumental fiscal manipulation. Lensing appropriately captures not just the men but their overblown lifestyles, while shots of giant billboards covering crumbling apartment blocks form a nice metaphor.
Succeeds in illustrating highly complex economic processes in an easily understandable manner
A beautifully shot and produced survey of the first two decades of Romanian capitalism.
Society for Romanian Studies Newsletter
Festival & Awards
| Sarajevo Film Festival, International Film Festival Bratislava
Belgrade Free Zone Festival
Watch Docs Warsaw
Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films / human rights film festival – Vilnius, Lithuania
Documentaries in Maribor / DokMa festival - Maribor, Slovenia
One World Slovakia
Romanian Film Festival in NYC, The Film Society of Lincoln Center