Movie Screening: Pitesti - The Experiment

Dear RomAmPro Members and Supporters,

You are invited to our next event to be held on Thursday February 20th at 6:30 pm at The Players Club Address: 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003.

Experimentul Pitesi - Film Screening and Q&A with Director Victoria Baltag.

The screening will take place in the Library Room. Space is very limited and we expect those attending to help director Victoria Baltag complete the film by making a donation via the GoFundMe page (see below).

To ensure that your spot is reserved, please register on our Facebook page, at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/185098616179632/

Alternatively send an email to the organizer at constantin.vulpescu@gmail.com with the number of people in your party who will be attending.

You will receive an email confirmation that your spot is reserved.

This is the first feature film to depict the notorious Pitești Experiment in early communist Romania (1949-1952) under Soviet occupation. The film screening will be followed by Q&A with director Victoria Baltag. Special guest: Ing. Aurel Vlad who will share from his terrible experience of being imprisoned at at 16 years of age in Romania in Communist time.

We ask you to please help director Victoria Baltag complete the film by making a donation via the GoFundMe page.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/HelpVictoriaFinishTheMovie.

Synopsis of the film:

This is the first feature film to depict the notorious Pitești Experiment in early communist Romania (1949-1952). Following the establishment of the communist regime, all university students were compelled to become Party members. Those who refused were imprisoned and 're-educated.' Based on a concept borrowed from the Soviet pedagogue A.S. Makarenko, the re-education phenomenon relied on the assumption that everyone can become a 'new person,' which in this instance was achieved by means of both physical and mental torture. With shooting at historic locations and based on original footage from the Romanian National Archives and documentation from the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes, this film investigates the Pitești Experiment through the life story of those who suffered during the 'Reeducation Phenomenon' in Romania.


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