Ioana Turcan, a second-year graduate film student in the Department of Transmedia, had her film “The Other Life of Charon” nominated in the short documentary category of Romania’s Gopo Awards. The awards are Romania’s equivalent to such prestigious European film awards as the Goya, César and British Academy Film Awards. The awards will be announced on Monday, March 28, at the Gopo Awards Gala, a yearly ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of Romanian cinema.
For "The Other Life of Charon," Turcan spent a year documenting a family of cemetery caretakers she befriended in her home country of Romania. In addition to being her neighbors and friends, they are also Roma, often referred to by the derogatory term “gypsies." A group typically on the outskirts of society, the Roma have been persecuted for centuries in Europe, where intolerance still remains for a people with strong family ties and cultural traditions.
Turcan worked on the sound for the 40-minute film while at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and one of the film’s editors is fellow graduate film student Ana Maria Vijdea.