The Curse of the Hedgehog

    Blestemul ariciului

    • Dumitru Budrala
    • Romania
    • 2004
    • 100 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
    THE CURSE OF THE HEDGEHOG follows the life of an extended Roma family for a whole year. They belong to the “Baesi” group of Roma and live in extreme poverty. The filmmaker accompanied them on the way from their dwelling place in the mountains to the lowland villages, where they try to trade handmade goods for food or money. These winter tours are survival trips for them, as they have no other income whatsoever. However, the film is more than the story of their struggle to survive. During the 100 minutes, it becomes clear why they refuse to work the land and how they relate to the Romanian shepherds, and to the rich Baesi from their village whom they call “businessmen,” who make large fortunes from selling fake rings abroad. Mythological thinking comes into play in their everyday life, along with their Christian Orthodox religiousness. This enables a better understanding of the absurdities and the pain that fill the lives of these people on the fringe of society. Through wit and humour, they survive, but also with a lot of cursing.

    Credits

    • 100 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: Romanian
    Director
    Dumitru Budrala
    Production
    Csilla Kato for Visual Anthropology Foundation
    Cinematography
    Dumitru Budrala
    Editing
    Cristian Melinte, Andrei Gavrila
    Sound
    Dumitru Budrala

    IDFA history

    2004
    Screened
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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