Participants: Maciej Drygas, Andrzej Musial, Mateusz Werner, Victoria Ogneva
Chisinau the project was represented by the tutors: Maciej Drygas and Andrzej Musiał, the production manager Victoria Ogneva, and Mateusz Werner. In the morning of 21 December 2013 we met the Moldavian workshop participants in the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts to watch and discuss what had been achieved in Yerevan and Tbilisi. Taking part in the meeting was our host Vlad Druck, the head of the Multimedia Faculty of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts; the professorial body; and the director of the Cronograf IDFF, who had hosted us during our first visit in May. The comments after the screening were similar to those we had heard in Tbilisi; the audience stressed the melancholy mood of the films, but didn’t offer it as a criticism. They thought it suited the “documentary truth”. That evening the official premiere of the film “Chisinau from Dawn till Dusk” took place in the Odeon Cinema to a full house of around 400. The film met with a tremendous reception, and after the screening the workshop tutors and participants went on stage and conducted a long Q-and-A session with the audience. The greatest impression on the audience was the realisation that their world – whose problems and imperfections are often a source of embarrassment – could become interesting documentary themes through the film metaphor; could be compelling and educational stories. Following the premiere all the workshop’s participants went to a nearby restaurant for a glass of wine, in order to share their feelings and observations and celebrate their joint achievements.