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Waiting for August

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Waiting for August

Directed by Teodora Ana Mihai

  • Belgium, Romania 2014; 88 min
  • Original version: Romanian
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Best International Feature Documentary - Hot Docs
    • Special Mention - Visions du Réel
    • Best Documentary (over 30 mins.) - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Environmental Award - Reykjavik IFF
    • Best Documentary in the Romanian Competition - Astra Film Festival
    • Best Film - FIC Valdivia

  • Nominated for European Documentary - European Film Academy

  • From the director of LA CIVIL presented at TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event


While her mother goes to work in Italy to provide for their needs, 15-year-old Georgiana looks after her six brothers and sisters in the suburbs of Bacau, Romania. Inspired by her own pain from a similar separation, the filmmaker paints a nuanced and tender portrait of a group of brave yet inevitably vulnerable children who must live with this situation while awaiting the summer.

Director's Statement

My parents fled Communist Romania in 1988 and received political asylum in Belgium. I was seven at the time and had to remain behind, as a guarantee for the secret services that they would return. It was the only way they had found to flee the country. About a year later, I was allowed to join them, but their absence when I was a child, left a significant mark.

Remaining in close contact with my country of birth, I came to realize that history was repeating itself there, with the difference that children were no longer left behind for political reasons, but for economic ones. The impact on a child though, remains.

Economic migrants are occasionally given a voice by the media, but the (young) ones who are left behind, we seldom or never hear. That’s why I wish to tell their story: the story behind the story. I was lucky to meet the Halmac kids and their eldest sister, Georgiana, whose role touched me in particular. It was a great privilege to be allowed in their world and after spending so much time together, we all became like family, which gave this film its intimacy and—I believe—also its strength.



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