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July 1999, Bucharest. A dead man’s body is found in a small apartment. The case is quickly classified by the police as suicide. That man’s name was Cezar Mititelu and he was 54 at the time of his death.

Throughout his life, Cezar Mititelu never had any kind of property. He refused to ever be employed and referred to “paid work” as “corruption,” something that stood in the way of living as a truly free and responsible person. He fathered a son, but he had no true family, nor did he ever wish for one. In the eyes of the communist authorities, he was a social parasite, hunted all his life by the Secret Police and sent to prison twice.

For some people, however, Cezar Mititelu was a teacher, a bearer of light in a world made of lies and ignorance. For his followers, this man was the proof that a life of complete freedom was really possible, with one condition: stepping outside of the lies and the hypocrisy created by “modern life” and starting the search for the true humanity that’s inside each of us. This is Mititelu's story; the story of a man who embarked on a radical pursuit of finding true freedom and discovered, along the way, that he needed to change the entire world.

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    Mihai Mincan, George Chiper-Lillemark