News from The Astra Film Festival. `The Lifeboats` Special Programme has started

    The films produced by journalists can be watched
    from boats and pedal boats floating on the lake
    or from Casa Podarului, located near the screen

    The Lifeboats Programme at the Astra Film Festival has begun. During this programme, the audience can watch films projected on a huge screen placed between windmills, directly from boats floating on the lake. Tonight, those who will come to the screening will board the boats on the chords of the `Zece Prăjini` Marching Band, and after the film, starting at 10pm, they will enjoy a unique concert offered by Corina Sîrghi and Taraful Jean Americanu. The special Lifeboats programme began last night, with the screening of the investigation "The Genocide of Secular Oaks", conducted by Alex Nedea, journalist for Recorder. Today, the public can watch for the first time a report made by Paul Angelescu, from "Romania, I love you", about the forest fires in Greece. And tomorrow, a documentary produced by Alex Dima (Pro TV, `Romania, I love you!`) about the way wood gets stolen in the forests surrounding Sibiu will be screened.

    Zece Prajini foto AFF

    The first event of the special Lifeboats programme began on Tuesday night, when the audience boarded boats and pedal boats on the music of the `Zece Prăjini` Band, played from the floating ferry. Both those in the boats and the spectators who took their seats on the benches installed on land, at Casa Podarului, had the opportunity to see the documentary-investigation "The Genocide of Secular Oaks", made by Alex Nedea and David Muntean. The Recorder journalists walked through the forests of several counties managed by the Muntenia Forest District, gathered evidence, and confronted all those involved in the phenomenon of cutting healthy secular oaks, under the pretext of `sanitizing the forest`. After the screening, Alex Nedea answered the questions asked by the audience, in a unique dialogue that took place right on the lake.

    The special Lifeboats programme will continue today with the screening of an absolute premiere: the film `Under the sign of the red code` produced by journalist Paul Angelescu (Pro TV, Romania show, I love you!). The journalist filmed this documentary in Greece, during the devastating fires this summer, which burned tens of thousands of hectares of forests.

    The film will be screened for the first time tonight at #AFF2021 and will be followed by a discussion between the audience and journalist Paul Angelescu. The organizers point out that it is forbidden to use cameras while watching the `Under the sign of the red code` investigation. Tickets: https://eventbook.ro/film/bilete-astra-film-festival-2021-in-zodia-codului-rosu?lang=ro

    Tomorrow, the Lifeboats programme will continue with the screening of another film by `Romania, I love you!`,  namely the investigation entitled `Watch Me Rob You Blind`, produced by journalist Alex Dima, which documented the way wood gets stolen in the forests surrounding Sibiu. Tickets: https://eventbook.ro/film/bilete-astra-film-festival-2021-ca-n-codru?lang=ro.

    Both the boarding and the return to the shore will be accompanied by the `Zece Prăjini` band, which will contribute to a very special atmosphere. The audience taking part in the screenings of the Lifeboats Programme will receive life jackets during boarding and, if they wish, they can be accompanied during this experience by the famous teddy bears.

    The special programme of Wednesday evening, September 8th, will be completed by another special moment: the concert of Corina Sîrghi and Taraful Jean Americanu (Târgul de Țară, 10pm), which will definitely warm the atmosphere. Admission to the concert is free, provided you present a ticket with a value of 0, which can be purchased online (from Eventbook), or from the Astra Museum.

    Corina Sirghi si Jean Americanu
    Corina Sîrghi și Jean Americanu

    The Astra Film Festival in Sibiu continues with cinematic events that take place at the Astra Museum (Târgul de Țară, Amphitheater and the Changes Hall - Astra Museum) and in the old city centre of Sibiu (Piața Mică, Astra Film Studio and Besoiu Center). In many cases, screenings are followed by Q&A sessions, when the audience gets the opportunity to talk to the filmmakers.

    The Astra Film Festival in Sibiu, now in its 28th edition, presents over 200 cinematic events that can be watched in open air, in cinemas and online. AFF Online presents 43 titles from the official selection, which can be viewed online, from anywhere in Romania, starting the day after they were screened and until September 19, at 11:59pm

    Full programme: https://www.astrafilm.ro/ro/program-orar?date=8
    Tickets and locations:

    The 28th edition of Astra Film Festival - The International Documentary Film Festival in Sibiu celebrates life, in all its diversity, through over 200 cinematic events. Launched in 1993 as an innovative project in Central and Eastern Europe, AFF Sibiu is an essential event in the European documentary film community, proving to be the most important festival of its kind in Romania, summing up a culture and a history of documentary cinema for decades.

    Organized by: Astra Film, CNM Astra and the Astra Film Foundation.

    With the support of: The Sibiu County Council, The Ministry of Culture, The National Center of Cinematography, The Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sibiu, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Filmmakers Union.

    Co-financed by the Sibiu Local Council through the City Hall of Sibiu and by the European Union through the Creative Europe Program.

    The Astra Film Festival takes place under the High Patronage of the President of Romania.

    Sponsors: HBO, DPD România, Materom Autohaus, Cinelab, Ursus, Nod Pub, The Refresh, Kulinarium, Sonne Restaurant Cafe 

    Media partners: TV5 Monde, Rock FM, Radio România Cultural, RFI România, Hotnews, News.ro, Newsweek, Spotmedia, Scena9, Avantaje, Liternet, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Movienews, All About Romanian Cinema, Films in frame, Urban,ro, Turnul sfatului, Sibiu 100%, Tribuna, Ora de Sibiu, Știri de Sibiu, Capital cultural, Zile și nopți, Revista Transilvania, Hermanstaedter

    Communication partner: PiArt Vision