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Song from the backyard/ Cântece din curtea din spate

Film developed during filmic field research With the head through the wall, in collaboration with Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.

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"Songs From the Backyard takes a new gaze on a penitentiary center and leads an intimate conversation with one of the workers there. An honest story we all can relate to."  - Eastern Neighbours Film Festival

language: Romanian
year: shot in 2018, distributed from 2022 on
running time: 20 min.

genre: documentary

starring: Gheorghiță Neamțu

camera: Jan Phillip Ernsting

sound recording: Lisa Wischer

sound design and mixing: Daniel Rizea 

production: Lisa Wischer and Viktoria Jaenssen

directing and editing: Letiția Popa

producer: UNATC + Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

avant-premieres: Cinemaiubit 2020selected for Ji.hlava East Silver Market 2020


Shot in a cinéma verité style, the film was developed during a filmic field research documentary workshop. 

The film depicts glimpses from Botoșani penitentiary center, where the filmmakers start to follow Gheorghiță, a worker from the police cafeteria. He is working hard to gain the trust of the guards and to blend in with his fellow inmates. As the students get closer to him, they realise how his sense of identity becomes affected by the group dynamics, formed in a cloistered and confined space.

Previous Screenings: Saratov Sufferings International Film Festival 2022, Eastern Neighbours Film Festival - The Hague, 2022

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