Move East Movie – Bee Moldovan


Bee Moldovan – dir. Sergiu Cumatrenco Junior, Valeriu Shova, Moldova, 2010, 57 mins.

The film tells the story of five Moldovans in Paris and a Moldavian beekeeper who metaphorically compares bees to those who have left the country. It is a story about migration, about Moldova’s situation and about Moldovans who live abroad.

“A swarm of bees from Moldova crosses the border every day, just like the protagonists of the film who travelled to Paris to find a different sort of nectar”

When: 5 July 2017, 22:00

Where Dominican Monastery – Courtyard | Due to low temperatures at night - Bee Moldovan screening has been moved to the former Andersen Theatre, Dominikańska 1



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.