Move East Movie – What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World / Ce lume minunata - dir. Anatol Durbala, Moldova, 2014, 73 mins.

After two years at the University of Boston, a 22-year-old boy comes to visit his country. It’s April 2009. The streets of Kishinev see gatherings of people who have ganged together on social media. They are demonstrating against the communist regime that falsified election results. They plunder the parliament and the seat of the president. The protesters take out documents, furniture and office equipment from the buildings. At the very same time, our protagonist is carrying a computer monitor from his friend’s house. He is mistaken for one of the protesters, brutally beaten by the police and taken to the police station. He is interrogated by an experienced major and it soon turns out that authorities are free to do anything they want.

„What a Wonderful World”  is a movie based on true events. It asks questions about freedom, justice and the value of human life.

When: 7 July 2017

Where: The Dominican Monastery – Courtyard


Moldovan cinematography, deprived of government funding, is completely isolated nowadays. In 2010, Moldavian Ministry of Culture initiated a project aiming at establishing a film centre to manage the entire movie sector and adapt its structure to international models.  The project also helps independent films studios obtain financial support from the state. Despite many changes that happened over the last 20 years, Moldavian filmmakers do not travel and do not have contact with filmmakers from other countries and the activities of those who could change things are considered too radical and that is why the government prefers to keep postponing any reforms. In free Moldova, cinema has not yet become a particularly significant area of artistic creativity, which explains why independent productions in Moldova are only a few and far between.  This country also has the second lowest rate of cinema attendance.

As part of Move East Movie cycle, we are presenting a selection of the most interesting films that have been produced in Moldova in recent years, in spite of all the difficulties. Due to the precarious financial situation, these are often international co-productions.