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03/29/2009

Romania - Clejani & Taraf at the movies

Finally a chance to show the film in
Romanian to Taraf musicians!
Today we created a cinema in Caliu's attic.
And he was proud! Everyone rallied...
Ionica drove us there in his taxi (he
drives a new cab in Bucharest to bolster
his income on the cymbalom); Caliu and
his wife cooked up a barbecue; the
neighbours flooded in, along with
Neacsu's granddaughter Florentina;
Ella and Radu set up the laptop and
projector (loaned to us by Romani CRISS)
and read out subtitles for children and
grandparents gathered round to laugh
and cry at themselves on screen.

   It was a happy occasion - but the village looks poorer than I'd ever seen it before. Everyone is talking about the financial "crisis", and some musicians are battling tooth and nail for the chance to play a gig and earn a basic living.

Caliu & his wife, Cathy, laughed at their son Robert's wedding scene...
and we all welcomed the crowd to our white sheet movie screen (L to R: Ionica, Jasmine, Florentina, Caliu, Marius, Ella)

   

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