Earlier, I posted a Photo Wednesday shot of Moldova, a small country between Romania and the Ukraine where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2002-2004. I write about it here every so often; but recently they have made the news.
Yesterday, Moldova was on the cover of the New York Times and other news articles around the world. The country is facing huge protests. Since I am not there, I really can’t comment on current events.
I did, however, want to share the this video. I have not watched the whole thing, but it was a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and highlights interviews with several people I know. The pictures, videos, and music are so close to my memory, that I do hope you take a look.
I recommend you watch it to start to understand some of the complexities of language, culture, politics, and life in this former USSR nation. The video does not cover current events, but was slated to be released later this year and shown at several film festivals. Although their plight may not affect your personally,it is one that is so easily repeated around the work with politics of seperation, change of state, and long-term effects of corruption.
Behind the scene:
With the documentary Ca La Moldova, EXPAT Pictures has created a snapshot of life in the Republic of Moldova. Through brilliant photography and compelling interviews, Ca La Moldova explores the present day challenges the country faces set against the backdrop of the rich cultural history of the land formerly known as Bessarabia. Ca La Moldova tracks Moldova’s transition from a Soviet Republic to an independent state, through the economic turmoil and uncertainty of the 1990s, to the election of a Communist government in 2001, to the present day issues of emigration, corruption, language, and the
tensions that exist between ethnic Romanians and Russians.
The film’s narrative begets the questions: was life better during the Soviet Union or now? Perspectives from all segments of society capture the soul of a nation as it comes to terms with its past. Will the country move forward toward a liberal democracy or try to retain the security and stability of Communism? As Moldovans try to chart a course for the future of their country a new challenge emerges. Many Moldovan youths desire to leave the country. Spurred on by a lack of
opportunities, small salaries, corruption and patronage the majority of young Moldovans believe their future lies outside of Moldova’s borders. Will they remain abroad or return home? Can Moldova’s economy be sustained on remittances? What will Moldova’s future hold if an entire generation emigrates with no plans to return?
Through Ca La Moldova, Expat Pictures hope to stir a national debate among Moldovans as to what the future holds for their country. Ca La Moldova hopes to inspire the youth of Moldova to embrace the challenges their nation faces. Ca La Moldova is a call to Moldovans abroad to return home. Ca La Moldova illustrates the beauty of a nation with an all too unfortunate past as it looks for a brighter future.
Just in case I have convinced you, the video link is here.