WAITING FOR AUGUST
A FILM BY TEODORA ANA MIHAI
An award-winning, riveting doc about poverty, childhood, and resilience in Romania.
There is a generation of young people being raised by their teen siblings in Eastern Bloc countries such as Romania, while their parents are working in countries like Italy, Germany and other European countries sending money back home to their children called The Home Alone Generation. In the award winning documentary, WAITING FOR AUGUST – A FILM BY TEODORA ANA MIHAI , the camera follows Georgiana Halmac as she is just about to turn 15 in Bacau, Romania and has been left in charge of taking care of her 6 brothers and sisters living in a social housing apartment, as their mother was forced to leave the family behind and go to work in Turin, Italy. Mom won’t be back til end of summer. Georgiana has been catapulted into the role of head of the family, responsible for her.
WAITING FOR AUGUST takes place over this year with Georgiana caught between puberty and responsibility and improvising as she goes ahead. It’s cinema-verité style makes this story even more intimate and personal as this family survives and thrives under Georgiana’s “parenting” with the threat of the neighbors wanting to expose the family to social services.
The Home Alone Generation has become all too common in these countries as poverty and daily life struggles are taking its toll. And Georgiana is one of those who has been able to adjust to her new role suddenly thrust on her as a child raising children. She is strong and resilient and has accepted her new “head of household” role with humility, without considering herself a victim, but also realizes that she and her siblings should have the right to a normal and more protected childhood. WAITING FOR AUGUST is a film not to miss.
**WINNER – BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY – 2014 HOT DOCS
** WINNER – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – 2014 KARLOVY VARY FILM FESTIVAL
**WINNER – SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – 2014 VISIONS DU RÉEL
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