Petrila Planet

Romania, 2016, 90 min.
Directed by
Andrei Dăscălescu
cultură @en / culture / mining / probleme sociale @en / social problems

In Petrila, a coal mining town in Transylvania (Romania), an ex-miner turned artist and activist uses art and absurdism to stop local authorities from demolishing the historic buildings of the oldest coal mine in the country after its’ closure in 2015, at EU’s recommendation. His quest is not only to preserve the history and the identity of his hometown, but also to find new ways of keeping the community from irreversibly falling apart.

A Q&A with the film protagonist, Ion Barbu, will follow the screening.