Romania (2016), 59’ director:Regia Cosmin Bumbuț , Elena Stancu
Synopsis: Geo, a young coppersmith from Corcova, Romania cannot provide for his wife and son. The villagers in the surrounding area are no longer buying the objects made by the coppersmiths: boliers, pots, crocks and shovels. The old coppersmiths still make a few boilers for their clients but the new generation is migrating to France to look for old iron in the dump site or to Belgium to pick up apples. Almost half of the coppersmiths from Corcova have left the country.
Geo has been both in France and Belgium. He quickly learned French and has raised enough money to build a house in Corcova. He and his wife, Marina, are now getting ready to travel to France again.
About the director: Cosmin Bumbuţ works as an independent photographer for over 20 years. He became famous for his fashion pictorials published in the magazines Elle, Marie Claire or Tabu and for the campaigns for Vodafone, Raiffeisen Bank, Epson or Coca-Cola. In the last few years his photo projects focused on the Romanian penitentiaries, the everyday life in Cuba and the marginal communities in Romania. His photo album about Aiud penitentiary, Bumbata, was awarded in 2013 the prize for object book at the National Design Contest and the award for the Most Beautiful Illustrated Book at Ready to Print Gala in 2014.
Elena Stancu works as a journalist for over 9 years; most of her reports were published in Marie Claire and Dilema Veche magazines. Her reports focused mainly on issues of today Romania: domestic violence, human trafficking, and the hardships faced by the families with children with autism and Down syndrome, the integration of the minorities. In 2013, she investigated the context of corruption in the Romanian medical system within a scholarship offered by the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.