A Silver Bear winner Best Director at Berlin Film Festival 2015 and Romania's entry for the Academy Awards, AFERIM! (WELL DONE!) Costandin, a policeman of the time and his son travel through the country in search of a fugitive Gypsy slave in 19th century Romania. Introduction by Anthony Monta, associate director of the Nanovic Insitute for European Studies.
“Everything ended and nothing has yet begun” is a quote from radical liberal Constantin A. Rosetti that sums up maybe in the best way the beginning of the 19th century. Wallachia, where the story in Aferim! takes place, is in the middle of radical changes if we consider the clothes of people walking in the streets, but moderate if we could get inside their minds. The Russian occupation between 1828 and 1834 and the Russian governor Pavel Kiseleff brought a series of reforms to the country, gathered in the Organic Regulations, a fundamental law that regulated the organizing and reorganizing of modern institutions.