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SIMFEST hosts debates on journalism, movie screenings, music performances


Mobile journalism and creative writing classes, music performances and a lot of movie screenings were on Tuesday and Wednesday's bill of the SIMFEST International Festival of TV Broadcasters and Independent Producers running in Targu Mures between August 14 - 20.

"Two days of fire at the SIMFEST International Festival of TV Broadcasters and Independent Producers taking place these days in Targu Mures. The Summer School masterclasses began on Tuesday, with the attendants learning about what mobile journalism means, or the newest forms of journalism at the seminar 'Unconventional Image Capturing and Editing Tools' held by Peter Keresztes, a video journalist at TVR Timisoara. Peter Keresztes believes that mobile journalism or MoJo, ie smartphone journalism, represents the future of the press. Also on Tuesday, writer and director of the Tritonic publishing house Bogdan Hrib delivered a creative writing workshop, where for several hours the participants had the opportunity to learn what lies behind a writer's work," the SIMFEST organizers said in a Thursday release.

Another Tuesday highlight was the screening at the 'Arta' Cinema Theatre of Targu Mures of "The Morning that will Never End", a feature film directed by Nicosia-based Romanian Orthodox priest Ciprian Mega.

"The film is a full-blown drama, telling about the Romanians who left for Cyprus, simple people seeking a more or less illusory welfare on various levels, ranging from construction workers to female sex workers. It's also a discussion about faith and its power. The main female character is a non-believer — according to her own confession. It's a very tough and very courageous movie, considering also that it was made by a priest, because it shines a light on certain realities about the Romanians in office and on mission there, in this case the ambassador to Cyprus, about the heads of the Church who are not depicted in a favorable light in this film. In the end it's about what happens to the people who leave home a child, as in the case of the heroine, or elderly parents, and are still unable to find peace of mind or well-being. The heroine dies in foreign lands, as the Romanian authorities refuse to help her return home, at least for the final days of her life," SIMFEST president Ioan Ceausescu says.

The workshops held by musician Mircea Florian, Prof. Dr. Horea Murgu and director Copel Moscu started on Wednesday.

''They all come from the movie world and they have tried to pass down to the Summer School students the passion for cinematography. Practical demonstrations of film music and sound processing, as well as script design and writing are just a few of the topics approached at the workshops," the release said.

A debate on today's journalism also took place on Wednesday.

"One of the most awaited for events on Wednesday was the debate organized by the members of the Association of Independent Journalists of Romania — AZIR, the Romanian branch of the Association of European Journalists, themed 'Fake news. Does the media lie? What does the audience say?', with ambassador Angela Cristea, head of the European Commission's Representation to Romania, also attending the debate. The journalists present at the event, but not only, addressed a series of questions regarding media statutes and the measures taken at European Union level to stop the spreading of fake news. Ambassador Angela Cristea said that by the end of the year the European bodies will come up with a series of relevant legislative initiatives," the release said.

The film "That Trip We Took with Dad", a family's dramatic story playing in the turbulent year 1968 (and that was also on the bill of this year's CINEPOLITCA International Festival) was screened in the evening.

"A throwback to memory for the elderly and, in a way, a lesson of history and morals for the young. A shocking film through its sincerity and the fidelity whereby it remakes a time of sad memory for the peoples of Eastern Europe. The invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Treaty troops in August 1968 catches the three protagonists, father and two sons, en route to Dresden, in the former German Democratic Republic, where the elder son, a professional physician, had secretly arranged for his father to be given brain surgery for the hydrocephalus he was left with following the beatings he suffered at the hands of Securitate officers. Yet in order to obtain the passports he made himself a pact with the enemy, snitching on a friend and writing several informant reports," the organizers mention in the release.

No less than 84 media productions from nine countries, including the AGERPRES documentary "Discover Romania with Peter Hurley" participate in the 14th edition of the SIMFEST International Festival of TV Broadcasters and Independent Producers in Targu-Mures.