luna.doc#5: the numbers
luna.doc#5, a month of documentary films in high schools where we discussed the rights of women in Romania and beyond, has ended.
Approximately 2000 teachers and high-school students from 21 schools participated in at least one of the 30 screenings that were part of luna.doc#5, which took place between the 15th of November and the 20th of December in 19 cities across the country. The films included in the fifth edition of the month were Menstrual Man (Amit Virmani), SAHIA VINTAGE shorts (Adolescence, On the Shores of the Ozana River, The Journal of Florica S.), Fair Play, Children of the Decree and Show!.
Two cities - Cluj-Napoca and Satu Mare - hosted their first ever One World Romania at the School screenings, and Menstrual Man by Amit Virmani had its national premiere screening at the Aurel Vlaicu Lyceum in Bucharest. Last but not least, One World Romania at School screenings are also designed to accommodate pupils with special needs - as in the case of our event at the Buzau Special School for Visually Impaired Children.
"I was impressed by the last film because I saw how hard-working the women doing fieldwork during communism were, even if they did not like their jobs so much. I never thought that women could do such work. I liked the event very much because there was an open discussion at the end, and the fact that I learned more about how my parents and grandparents were living their lives when they were in school, what trades they were learning." said one of the students who participated in a screening at the Targu. Jiu Energetic High School. "This activity was very useful for my general culture. I cannot wait to get home so I can tell my mother about it, too!" said another high school student, this time in Iasi, after the event.
Conceived as a month of documentary films taking place in high schools across the country, luna.doc#5 was an opportunity to talk about victories gained in the area of women's rights in recent decades, but also to ask what we want from future. The documentaries included in this year's edition of the project showcase examples of people that have changed perceptions about women's rights and freedoms in their communities, over time. By viewing and discussing these films, the status of women appears not as a given, but as a process in progress.
We thank all those who supported us, the teachers involved in the project and the students who accepted our proposed dialogue!
See you next year, at the sixth edition of the luna.doc!