The second edition of Black Sea Docs, this year, at Pelicam.


Stories of people from around the Black Sea where nature has a strong imprint on the life of communities are brought to Tulcea in the Black Sea Docs section of Pelicam International Film Festival on Environment and People. The documentaries will have their national premieres and will be assessed by an international jury.

Peter O’Brien, a member of the Board of Administration of the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC, United States will come to Tulcea to be a part of Black Sea Docs’ jury. The Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC was founded in 1993 and is a landmark for the domain. The festival is a member of Green Film Network and has reached the heights of presenting 150 films to an audience of approximately 33 000 people, in 2015. Alongside Peter, in the jury will be the photojournalist Petruț Călinescu and the director Dan Curean. Petruț Călinescu is a connoisseur of the countries around the Black Sea that he covered while searching for subjects for his photographic project, The Black Sea. The director and TV personality Dan Curean is the author of the film Gone Wild (2012), screened at the very first edition of Pelicam and this year at International Film Festival in Washington DC.

In Tristia: A Black Sea Odyssey (Germany, 2014), the director Stanislaw Mucha takes us on an extraordinary journey of 5 000 km along the coasts of seven countries around the Black Sea. The landscapes stretch from Crimea to Caucasus, from the north coast of Turkey to the Danube Delta. Tristia captures the collision between mythic images that seemed to have survived the passing of time, and multicultural changes after the communist period. The Black Sea is a place of paradoxes: East meets West, freshwater meets saltwater, splendour tranquillity, and civilization meets barbaric. People around the Black Sea are overwhelmed with promises, but also many disappointments. The film will be screened at Tulcea, at Pelicam 2015.

A monster called ‘urban transformation’ stormed into Turkey in recent years. Haunting neighbourhoods, the monster destroys any traces of Istanbul’s history, building glass towers and swallowing trees. While the monster is at work, old and new, poor and rich become neighbours. Hey Neighbour! (Turkey 2014) tells the story of a residential complex from Ferikoy district, in the heart of Istanbul, and of Pasha neighbourhood, an old neighbourhood that tries to live in the shadow of the residential district. Hey Neighbour! is about the relationship between a shack and an apartment building from this neighbourhood. The film will be screened at Pelicam 2015, in the presence of its director Bingöl Elmas.

The Danube Delta is a UNESCO site and one of the last places in Europe where wildlife reigns. In this wonderful setting, people have a hard life due to poor access to health services, education, but also basic products for their daily needs. The difficulties of living in Danube Delta are captured by Swamp Dialogues (Romania 2014). Although substantial funds are invested to protect the environment in the delta, people’s lives are overlooked. They depend on the delta, nature is the one keeping them away from the world, but is also giving them the resources to live. The director Ildikó Zonga Plájás will be present at screening of the film, at Pelicam 2015.

Tofalaria is a remote place in Russia, where you can only go by helicopter, and in the winter, cars are traveling on frozen rivers turned roads. The nearest town is situated at 300 km away. The documentary Cut Off by Mountains, Connected with Rivers tells the story of people in Tofalaria who are separated by the rest of the world by the mountains of southern Siberia and the wild forest, and are surrounded by fast rivers. The community in Tofa is the smallest in Russia with only 500 people, considered to be the descendants of Genghis Khan. The film will screen at Tulcea, within Pelicam 2015.

Several journalism students from countries in the region will have the chance to ‘feel’ the spirit of the Danube Delta in a radio journalism workshop by Julien Trambouze, a journalist from Radio France. The workshop, organized by Pelicam and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) will run for a week, after which participants from Romania, Macedonia, Hungary, Moldova, Armenia and Albania will make a radio report, on a topic related to Danube Delta. The reports will be presented at the Regional Environmental Forum, organized by OIF next year.

This year, at Pelicam will be held a live broadcast abroad, for the first time. The Swiss journalist specialized in environmental issues, Adrien Zerbini will conduct a live radio show about Pelicam for Radio Suisse Romande. The transmission will be a part of the prestigious environmental programme Prise de terre, it will last one hour, and it will bring in the festival’s guests who will have discussions on the environmental documentaries, but also on the importance of film in raising public awareness on environmental protection in the Danube Delta region.