03/29/2009 Romania - Clejani & Taraf at the movies Finally a chance to show the film in Romanian to Taraf musicians! Today we created a cinema in Caliu's attic. And he was proud! Everyone rallied... Ionica drove us there in his taxi (he drives a new cab in Bucharest to bolster his income on the cymbalom); Caliu and his wife cooked up a barbecue; the neighbours flooded in, along with Neacsu's granddaughter Florentina; Ella and Radu set up the laptop and projector (loaned to us by Romani CRISS) and read out subtitles for children and grandparents gathered round to laugh and cry at themselves on screen. It was a happy occasion - but the village looks poorer than I'd ever seen it before. Everyone is talking about the financial "crisis", and some musicians are battling tooth and nail for the chance to play a gig and earn a basic living.
Caliu & his wife, Cathy, laughed at their son Robert's wedding scene... and we all welcomed the crowd to our white sheet movie screen (L to R: Ionica, Jasmine, Florentina, Caliu, Marius, Ella) << go back