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THE GYPSY BALL / BALUL TIGANILOR

Alfred Bulai,  Romania 2012 38'

Cinematography: Alexandru Matios, Adriana Craciunescu
Editing: Alfred Bulai
Music: Alfred Bulai
Producer: Alfred Bulai

Film Presentation:
La poalele Muntilor Faragas, in 1929, a fost realizat primul film sociologic din lume, supervizat de fondatorul scolii sociologice din Bucuresti, Dimitrie Gusti. Acesta este primul documentar sociologic din istoria cinematografului in care este prezentata o comunitate de rromi. Dupa opt decenii, sociologii se intorc la Dragus pentru a investiga o istorie de coexistenta. Pe parcursul filmului, ei vorbesc de schimbari dramatice, despre tranzitii uimitoare. Filmul este povestea aventuroasa a unui bal care a traversat timpul si istoria, este aventura intalnirii dintre lumi care se resping si se atrag, este despre un mod de a fi normal intr-o lume care nu e intotdeauna astfel. Este povestea Balului Tiganilor.
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Director's Bio-Filmography:
Alfred Bulai is sociologist, writer and professor at National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Faculty of Political Science, Department of Sociology. He teaches numerous courses: Visual Sociology, Sociological Research Methodology, General Sociology, Sociology of Communications, Fundamental Concepts in Sociology, Social Communication, Public Policy, Focus Group, Sociology of Government. Publications: Dictionary of Sociology (coord. Catalin Zamfir, Lazar Vlasceanu), co-author (1993); Electoral Mechanisms in the Romanian Society, (1999); Focus Grup, (2000); 8539 (novel), (2003). He works in the field of visual sociology; in 2011 he made a documentary film in Dragus, Brasov, where the first sociological documentary in the world was made in 1929.
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