8th of March / 8 Martie (2012)

Original title: 8 Martie
English title: 8th of March
Director: Alexandru Belc
Produced by: Libra Film Productions
Length: 60 minutes


They had dreams and ideals once. Now they make bitter jokes and recall the time when the world seemed a better place to them. They have but one wish: to live long enough  to enjoy their retirement. Except for their children and family, they have no joy. Historical dramas are not always performed at a big scale. Worlds collapse and there are collateral victims. Sadness lies not only in the ruins of closed factories left standing from the communist time, but also in the destinies of these women. During communism, the 8th of March was the high day when women were celebrated as representatives of the working class.

Production status: Released
Production year: 2012

A derelict coal mine, a tramway depot, a small ready-made clothing workshop of a former fashion house, a dairy factory, and a world of women who lived their youth in communism. In capitalism, they work in difficult conditions but they do not complain. Their simple and humane stories form a complicated historical puzzle. Routine, frustration, the fear that what they do will get to be of no use to anyone and that they could lose their jobs make these women resist heroically and live their destinies like beasts of burden

Directed by: Alexandru Belc
Screenplay: Alexandru Belc, Tudor Giurgiu
Cinematography: Alexandru Belc
Editing: Ioachim Stroe
Sound: Vlad Voinescu
Research: Ilinca Micu
Produced by: Libra Film

Selected at:
Festivalul International de Film Transilvania, Cluj, Romania, 2012
Making Waves, NY, U.S.A., 2012
Mediawaves, Komarom, Hungary, 2012
Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 2013