Eastern Neigbours on tour: So, What’s Freedom?

Hoezo in KINO

A compelling historical drama depicting a story of love and survival against the background of the gruesome Romanian 50s. When one gives up fear, one finds freedom, even when in confinement. Inspired by historical facts and based on the short novel Projects of the Past; by Ana Blandiana, the film takes place in 1951 when the Communist authoritarian system ordered the deportation of 40,000 people (landowners, intellectuals and different ethnic minorities) to the Baragan Fields, otherwise known as the Romanian Siberia.


Andrei Zincă
Radu Iacoban, Iulia Lumânare, Cuzin Toma, Olimpia Melinte


During a wedding in Herculane, a history teacher is violently arrested by the communists. Alongside his wife and seven other people, they are forced to take a freight train, destination unknown, together with thousands of other scared people. The film follows the group into their solitary confinement in the middle of a wasteland for several years. Featuring a remarkable on-screen group performance by some of the most extraordinary actors in current Romanian cinema.



Eastern Neighbours Film Festival presents the most recent and exciting films from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. We feel that cinema brings people closer to each other, makes them understand each other’s culture better and deeper, gives an inside view into the mentality and history of our neighbours, makes us appreciate and enjoy each other genuinely. Our cinema program is accompanied by educational and practical side events. Through the screened films, organized meetings and lectures, we bring cultures together, aiming to create more knowledge and tolerance. This festival is not just an event with high quality cinema. It’s more than that. We have specially designed the entire festival to initiate networking and new partnerships and create fun and unforgettable moments for every participant and cinema visitor. Most of the selected films are new: their Dutch premiere will be at ENFF.

South East European Film Festival Los Angeles, 2021 – Honorable Mention, Audience Award | Sedona
International Film Festival 2021 – Audience Award | Santa Monica International Film Festival, 2020 –
Jury’s Honorable Mention | Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, 2020 – Audience
Choice Award for Best Romanian Film

“So, What’s Freedom?” was not intended to be just a Romanian story. Freedom, the lack of it, and its manipulation by all political systems has been and still is an everyday and everywhere story”.

Romanian-born, US-based Andrei Zinca studied Film and TV Photography in Romania and moved to the U.S. in 1988, where he studied directing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He established himself as a leading Director for the Hispanic U.S. and Latin American markets and starting with 2006 he started activating in the Romanian film industry.