The film called A Brief History of Astra Film is an extraordinary cultural project that marks a twenty years history of the first Romanian international documentary film festival, Astra Film Festival.
Twenty years means a long commitment and a respectable longevity for a festival. Dumitru Budrala, the founding director highlights the most salient episodes from the making of the festival.
The film reveals how on the first edition of the festival, to be sponsored meant to practically beg, thus to be humiliated, as back then this was a foreign concept in cultural management. Therefore, for the first edition, international volunteers were acquired. Also the contracts between the festival's board and the filmmakers were done out of live interaction or typewrited on old fashion machines to be thereafter posted. A big part of the festival's public was made by enthusiastic students arriving to Sibiu hitchhiking from diverse Romanian regions, as well as from Poland, Serbia, and Hungary.
Even if people, mentalities, communication mediums, and the manner in which information is disseminated are all exposed to radical change in our age, opposed to the situation of these in 1993, what stays the same all these years of Astra Film Festival is the genuine pleasure of meeting the other inside the projection room and outside it.
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