Production - In production - BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS


2023, feature hybrid documentary, director: Vlad Petri
Activ Docs (RO) in co-production with Restart (HR)


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Two former university classmates and friends, one Romanian and one Iranian are writing letters to each other, reflecting on their lives and the events they go through, between two revolutions that changed their lives and societies forever. Maria and Zahra are two former classmates who studied medicine in Bucharest in the 1970s. In the summer of 1978, before her final year at university, Zahra went on holiday in Iran and decided not to come back. The revolution there just started and she was immediately immersed in the events that followed. Her distance from former friends and colleagues, from the Romanian society that she’d grown to embrace, was bridged by the letters continuously sent by Maria. These two girls kept a very detailed correspondence over the years, talking about their families, their daily lives and the societies they were living in. The film opens just before the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, carries through the Iran-Iraq War, the austere decade of the 1980s and the Romanian revolution of 1989, composed mostly of archival images, reflecting on the events of the 1980s and 1990s with a mixture of candid, personal images and official archival material. As we hear the two women’s voices, their societies appear before us, both fascinating and intriguing for an external observer, in an intimate film that questions the society's taboos, authority, religion and the roles of women in these two countries where history has been written almost exclusively by men.

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Director: Vlad Petri
Sceenwritter: Lavinia Branişte
Cinematographer: Ana Hušman 
Editors: Cătălin Cristuţiu, Andrei Gorgan

Sound designer: Vlad Voinescu
Foley: Martin Semenčić
Re-recording mixer: Ivan Zelić

Associate producer (HR): Vanja Jambrović
Producer: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Co-producer: Oliver Sertić

Production: Activ Docs (RO)
Co-production: Restart (HR)