Hamptons Doc Fest “Acasa, My Home” As Part Of THAW FEST

A scene from the Romanian film "Acasa, My Home." Photo Ana Ciocolatescu.

As part of THAW FEST, the Hamptons Arts Network’s (HAN) series of March offerings by its 21 member arts institutions, Hamptons Doc Fest will be presenting the documentary “Acasa, My Home,” for five days, from Thursday, March 11 to Monday, March 15.

Set in Bucharest, Romania, “Acasa, My Home” (2020, 86 min.), directed by Radu Ciorniciuc, tells the story of a family of two adults and nine children that is moved from a life of harmony with nature, living an unconventional life in a humble dwelling in the wilds of the Vacaresti Delta, to a city apartment with the conveniences of a bathroom and washing machine, so that the land and its rare flora and fauna can be made into Vacaresti Nature Park, and the children can be enrolled in school. The move requires many adjustments for the family.

The film, which was shown at Hamptons Doc Fest in December 2020, won seven film festival awards in 2020, including the Sundance Film Festival’s Cinematography Award, and has been featured on various “best of” and “contenders” awards lists.

Go to hamptonsdocfest.com to learn how to screen the film on various platforms and also to view the Q&A led by Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter with the film’s director Radu Ciorniciuc and Raluca Negulescu-Balaci, the executive director of a Romanian foundation that supports children struggling with poverty. Romania has the highest number of children in poverty in the European Union, she said.

The entire THAW FEST program for March is available on the HAN website at hamptonsartsnetwork.org.