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The Story of Our Homeland

by Emanuel Pârvu and Bogdan Adrian Toma

The Story of Our Homeland

by Emanuel Pârvu and Bogdan Adrian Toma

Emanuel Pârvu
Ana Maria Condruz, Sarah Gîtlan

Duration: 1 h 45 min / Pause: No


30 lei

16 lei (reducere pentru elevi, studenți și pensionari)

Show presented by NTB in ​​partnership with the "I.L. Caragiale" National University of Theatre and Film of Bucharest, within the 9G at NTB Programme

Real events from a recent history, little known nowadays, refreshed in a show that does not lack irony, sarcasm, humour, but especially the serious gaze thrown back 30, 50 or 70 years. Towards that age, hard to imagine nowadays, for us, those accustomed to freedom as a common good. On stage, on screen, in literature, in the mindsets of artists and spectators, there was always the fear of censorship and its consequences. 

“The effect of censorship was not only on the forbidden performances. It was the general atmosphere in which culture was no longer lived by fearless people. I mean, it was an atmosphere of imprisonment without bars ”, confesses director David Esrig, one of the champions of the bans in the Romanian theatre.

According to a shorthand from a meeting of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the RCP of February 1970, after watching the film The Reenactment, Ion Iliescu, the former president of Romania, states about Lucian Pintilie: I spoke with Pintilie, the director of the film The Reenactment. All are kind of devoid of any receptivity to any critical observation, they are arrogant people, they disregard any criticism and they disregard the ability of certain political activists to give their opinion on what the activity in cinema means."

Lucian Pintilie's story with the censorship bodies does not end here. In 1972, the famous Prohibition from Bulandra of the School Inspector takes place after only 3 performances, a show about which Liviu Ciulei wrote: it is the milestone that marks the full maturation of the Romanian theatre. "The office of the Socialist Council of Culture and Education has decided to suspend the show and prohibit it from being represented on another stage in the country in such an adaptation and will take measures to prevent such events from happening in Romania's cultural life."

The Story of Our Homeland is not a political drama show, nor documentary theatre. It is not just the reconstruction of these sad moments for the Romanian culture. The Story of Our Homeland is the show of a generation that did not experience these real facts, but feels the duty not to leave them into oblivion. To look back and signal, taunting and arousing a bitter laugh, about the danger of forgetting this absurd experience of history, which can be repeated at any time.


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

: Vlad Brumaru
Monica Odagiu
Ana Guran
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Dorin Enache
Bianca Anastasiu
Oana Moșneagu
Ciprian Chiricheș
Alexandru Moldovan
Mirela Gorea
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