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Kapitalism – Our Secret Recipe

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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.”


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Running Time: 76/56 min.
Subject(s): Economy, European History, Politics, Poverty, Society
Language(s): Romanian
Subtitles: English
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Producer(s): HiFilm Productions
Production Company: HiFilm Productions

Press

  • 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.
    Video Librarian
  • 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.
    Variety
  • Succeeds in illustrating highly complex economic processes in an easily understandable manner
    Nisimazine
  • 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
  • Jihlava IDFF
  • Belgrade Free Zone Festival
  • IDFA Amsterdam
  • 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
  • London International Documentary Film Festival
  • Transylvania Film Festival
  • Prix Europa
    Nominee

additional materials

  • Film Poster
  • Translating Romanian National Identity: Politics of Nostalgia and Irony in Andrei Ujica’s “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” and Alexandru Solomon’s “Kapitalism – Our Secret Recipe”, by Codruţa-Alina POHRIB

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