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In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, an abandoned water reservoir just outside the bustling metropolis, the Enache family has lived outside the system and in harmony with nature for two decades. Following the rhythm of the seasons, they sleep in a hut on the lakeshore, fishing and foraging for sustenance and income. The patriarch of the family declares that he has kept them on the fringes of society to get away from the “wicked world.”

When the area is transformed into a public national park, the Enaches – husband, wife, and nine children – are forced to leave behind their unconventional life and move to the city, where fishing rods are replaced by smartphones and idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms. As the clan struggles to conform to modern civilization, they each begin to question their connection to each other and the natural world.

With an empathetic and cinematic eye, filmmaker Radu Ciorniciuc offers viewers, in his feature debut, a compelling tale of an impoverished family living on the fringes of society in Romania, fighting for acceptance and freedom on their own terms.

Winner of the Special Jury Award for Cinematography, World Cinema Documentary, at the Sundance Film Festival.

"An empathetic, complex portrait of the costs of independence." – Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

"Morally intricate and breathtakingly exquisite." – Andrew Stover, Film Threat

"It's both intimate and analytical, a sensitive portrait of real people undergoing enormous change and a meditation on what that change might mean." – A.O. Scott, New York Times

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    86 minutes
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    Area Premiere
  • Director
    Radu Ciorniciuc