The richest edition in Romanian environmental films at Pelicam


Pelicam’s sixth edition is also the richest in Romanian environment documentaries. Transhumance (Dragoş Lumpan) or Petrila Planet (Andrei Dăscălescu) are some of the films that pull on the thread that connects the Romanians to nature. Additionally, the Pelicam Talks series returns for five debates on environment, both around the world and in Romania.


Dragos Lumpan works at Transhumance since 2007, when he began to photograph a family of shepherds who gave up the tradition of taking sheep to pasture. Since then he has collected over 100 hours of film, hundreds of interviews in six countries, has lived under the clear sky with the shepherds for months, and now shows us the movie that embraces the beauty and sadness of this dying tradition. The documentary will have its Romanian premiere, out of competition, with a work-in-progress version, in the opening of the sixth edition of the Pelicam , International Film Festival on Environment and People. Director Dragoş Lumpan will join us for a Q & A session.

In Petrila, a Romanian mining town, a former miner turned into an artist and activist, uses art and absurd to stop local authorities from demolishing the historic buildings of the country’s oldest coal mine after its closure in 2015 on the recommendation of the EU. The documentary Petrila Planet (Andrei Dăscălescu, Romania, 2016), which premiered at IDFA Amsterdam in 2016, will be screened at Pelicam in the Black Sea Docs competition, in the presence of protagonist Ion Barbu.

Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons (Şerban Georgescu, Români, 2017) tells about the efforts of a village, Lunguleţu near Bucharest, to get out of a vicious circle of which no one earns: 1 village, 1,000 tractors, 100,000 tons of cabbage. Profit? Zero. The film will be screened out of the competition at the festival, in the presence of the director.

Living Among Waters (Oana Ivan, Romania, 2016) is a film based on a doctoral thesis in anthropology, examining the effects of environmental policies on local tourism and culture. The documentary tries to discover the daily life of fishermen and their families in the Danube Delta and will be screened out of the competition at the festival, in the presence of the director.

Permit for the Sun is a short tracking the sun’s rays to our homes through the experiences of those who have faced bureaucracy and have decided to take advantage of the solar energy in their homes and offices. The film produced by Think Outside the Box and the SNK Association show us why we do not take more advantage of the energy we receive from the Sun, which is 10,000 times more energy than we need.


The Pelicam Talks series returns to Pelicam, with new and exciting themes around the world and around us. Moderated as every time by journalist Andra Matzal, the editor of Scena9 cultural publication, the five debates will make us environmentally friendly:

  • Renewable energy is a cheap, clean and affordable alternative, but coal and oil are still the main sources of energy we use. Who is a hindrance for the transition to clean energy? We are watching Power to Change (Carl Fechner, Germany, 2016), and we are debating together with Claudiu Butacu from the EfdeN solar house and director Carl Fechner, how many thousands of light years will the sun need to get into the energy mix?
  • Bioenergy was supposed to be the solution to all the problems – a clean energy from organic matter, especially waste. But it has become (also) a land exploitation and a meaningless destruction of forests. We see the Burning Issues (Luca Bonaccorsi and Alessando de Pascale, Italy / Germany / Russia / Romania, 2016), and debate how a solution turned into a problem with Mihai Stoica, environmental activist, campaigner 2Celsius, Monica Lauzurean-Gorgan, director, and Alessandro de Pascale, co-director of the film.
  • Exploiting resources is the source of some of the most dramatic changes in people’s lives around the world. The corporation’s resources rush that nature gives us for free leads to true tragedies. At Pelicam, we see two films investigating this topic: Zona Franca (Georgi Lazarevski, Chile / France, 2016) and Trading Paradise (Daniel Schweizer, Switzerland, 2016). After the films, we discuss the issue of resources with Roxana Pencea from Mining Watch Romania and director Georgi Lazarevski.
  • The solidarity economy is all the more necessary in the context in which capitalism shows its teeth to the poorest people in the world. At the sixth edition of the festival we offer you a special section of films that deal with this topic, a section made in partnership with the Terra Mileniul III Foundation. One of the films in this section is Food Coop (Thomas Boothe, Maellanne Bonnicel, USA / France, 2016), a documentary showing the opportunity to change food production and distribution systems. After watching the film, we are talking with Raluca Ouriaghli from Ateliere fara Frontiere and the producer of the film, Hernan Mazzeo.
  • Waste is the big bet of today’s society where consumption is completely out of control. We look at Plastic China (Jiuliang Wang, China, 2016), which tells the story of families recycling plastic waste with bare hands, then we are debating with Elena Rastei from Zero Waste Romania and Andrei Cosuleanu, executive director of Let’s Do It, Romania !.


This year, as well, Pelicam returns with the short films competition. At the sixth edition, we offer you two blocks of short documentaries, of which we would like to highlight:

Land in Conflict / Frontera Invisibile (Nico Muzi, Nicolas Richat, Argentina / Belgium, 2016) is the true story of the communities caught in the midst of the world’s longest war, where the rush of big palm oil businesses to produce ‘green fuel’ displaced farmers and natives from Colombia, destroyed natural habitats, and concentrated land in the hands of businessmen. The film will have its Romanian premiere, in the presence of the producer Mihai Stoica, and will be followed by a Q & A session.

The Good Life (Meghan Horvath, Bulgaria / Namibia, 2016) is the story of two localities, one in Bulgaria and one in Namibia. At first glance, Tsumeb and Krumovgrad seem to have little in common. But under the surface, both communities still face the legacy of political and social trauma, both being the outposts of the same Canadian mining company. The film will be screened in the presence of the director and will be followed by a Q & A session.