Born in Romania, Daniela Apostoaei premieres her movie Another Little Romania in Calgary
December 3rd, 2016 at the Glenmore Christian Academy!
Born in Romania, Daniela Apostoaei graduated from the University of Law with the goal of one day using her skills to help people solve every-day problems. To her initial surprise, the law proved to be a poor fit for her goals. Turning her attention to journalism, she debuted on the media stage in 2001 as the editor of the daily newspaper “Jurnal de Dambovita” in the Investigation Department of the Artpress Press Trust. This turned out to be the defining moment of her professional life. The law was a closed door and her future would be in journalism and film.
Over the course of eight years of journalism, Daniela Apostoaei has conducted various interviews, news, reports and articles. Her experience and legal background helped her to get actively involved in various social campaigns for disadvantaged people: the poor, the abandoned, elderly, orphans, children and women and victims of domestic violence fighting for their rights. She began publishing. Not content to simply detail the difficulties, Daniela took an active role in round tables, symposium and fundraising events for people at risk.
In 2009, a new challenge presented itself and Daniela found herself working in television as a director/writer and broadcaster. From the very beginning, the documentary series she suggested “DESTINIES” was broadcast on the regional channel MDITV and soon managed to conquer the hearts of viewers, resulting in the highest viewer ratings for a debut program. Destinies detailed people’s life stories, the struggles and dreams they followed in order to become who they are today. Personalities from music, the arts, politics and business shared their life journey during the Destinies filming as it was an opportunity to discuss their successes and challenges. Destinies also revealed in a sympathetic and honest way, the stories of many of the marginalized, the homeless, gypsies, women and orphans, whom all shared their life experiences during episodes of the Destiny Program.
At the end of 2013 Daniela Apostoaei filmed in a region of south-central Romania planning to make a documentary at that time about the Boyash people, who live and work still carving the same simple woodcrafts they’ve sold in the area’s towns and villages for more than 200 years.
“I wanted to make their simple life known, so different from the hectic, fast-paced lives we live in our big cities around the world.” she says. In their small settlements, geese and dogs roam the streets, children play and the old men and women sit outside their doorways, wooden logs braced between their feet or on their laps, sharp knives shaving thin strips from the pale-colour sticks. Under their hands, the rough wood rapidly evolves into that universal kitchen tool, the wooden spoon.
In December 2015 the documentary was selected as a Canadian Documentary to compete in the “Underground Pineapple Film Festival” in Hong Kong, China and also received the Honorary Prize at Gala for Press Awards 4th Edition, Romania.
In May 2016 it was awarded the Gold Kahuna Winners for Documentary Short Competition at the Honolulu Film Awards, and got the 2016 Silver Palm Award Winner for Documentary Short Competition at the Mexico International Film Festival.
Her most recent documentary –Another Little Romania– will be first time screening on December 3rd in Calgary, Alberta.
Lives lived under the hand of destiny, moving stories, experiences which are hard to imagine, broken dreams and sudden hopes are some of the stories that will be uncovered within this documentary.
The documentary will present not only historical, cultural and social information but also a new perspective on the journey of integration in the midst of the wide-ranging diversity that makes up Canada’s modern society.
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