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DC Francophonie Festival – Screening of Călărași



La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington D.C., US 20007

March 17, 2022 | 7pm


This documentary is proudly presented by the Embassy of Moldova, in partnership with the Embassy of France, as part of the D.C. Francophonie Festival.

Călărași – A Land by the Gate of Heaven, directed by Dumitru Grosei, Republic of Moldava, 2018, 52 mins

The land of Călărași is a very special place. Even though the whole of Moldova is a really charming and beautiful place, Călărași stands out because of its location. The land is situated right in the middle of the “Codrii” (ancient dense woods). This rich and beautiful location, has its own specific priorities: of history, culture, spirituality, ethnography, agriculture, crafts and customs, but also of using the “Codrii” as a means of defense. Because of ”Codrii”, Calarasi was able to resist to all the barbaric invasions that happened in the past. Călărași is situated in the region of a great Basarabian cross, formed by four holy monasteries, Hârjauca, Frumoasa, Hârbovăț și Răciula. And if we look at the Basarabian (Moldovan) map, we can see this huge cross of these four locations.

It is a movie with multiple international awards, the most recent from 2021: 1) Best Documentary, World Independent Cinema Awards, WICA New York, 2021 (NY, USA). 2) Europe Best Feature Film, Quetzalcoatl Indigenous International Film Festival 2021 (Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico).

English subtitles.

A Q&A with Ambassador Eugen Caras, from the Republic of Moldova, will follow the screening.

Please note that proof of vaccination (2 doses in accordance with D.C. regulation) will be required as well as an ID to enter the French Embassy grounds. Masks are required throughout the screening. Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, and allow extra time for security screening.

In partnership with

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America and the United Mexican States

The Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America

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