TITLE: Flags Cut in the Middle
CATEGORY: Film, Video
DATE: August 2015
TOOLS: Black Magic, Final Cut, Premiere
WRITTEN & DIRECTED: Ondina Frate
COLLABORATORS: Andrei Ungureanu, Horatiu Curutiu, Alexandru Don, Dima Dimov, Cezar Enache
'Flags Cut in the Middle' is a short film inspired by a true story about the Romanian Revolution in 1989 seen through the eyes of a child.
“Flags Cut in the Middle” means a lot to me because it speaks directly to a part of my life during Romania’s communist era. The Romanian Revolution took place in 1989, when I was 7 years old. Though still a child, the event impacted the country and myself greatly. Twenty-three years later, I find myself needing to share that story in “Flags Cut in the Middle”.
The Script Shows a Political and Humanitarian Side
The script shows both a humanitarian side, as well as a political side. The humanitarian side is the lead character herself, Natalia Georgescu, through her actions. The political side illustrates that in 2014 people are still restricted by a visa and passport to travel and live in a different country than the one they were born in. We believe that we are free but we are not. Natalia is not free. Her dream is to be free and live in a free country. In my script I want to explore the idea of why so many immigrants want to live the “American dream” to the point where they leave behind their own lives, families, and friends. That is how “Flags Cut in the Middle” came to life. The script shows the exploration of the idea of freedom and search for personal truth and validation in a challenging political and economic environment.
The film is called “Flags Cut in the Middle” because during the Revolution, Romanians were symbolically asking the government for democracy by cutting the communist coat of arms out of the flags. Therefore, all the flags being waved by a sea of people had this hole in the middle. It felt as if the people were cutting out the flags’ hearts, cutting out communism’s heart.
Pictures from the Set
Flags Cut in the Middle