For six years, the International Documentary Film Festival for Social Change – Moldox has been turning Cahul into the capital of documentary film. This year will not be an exception, so from September 8-12, the Moldox Festival will surprise the audience with a selection of 15 feature-length documentaries, awarded at famous festivals worldwide and screened for the first time in Moldova.
In these uncertain times, we are convinced once again that without culture, we are poorer and emptier, so we are determined to revive it and bring new hope to the public and the local film industry. We are working on an edition with both outdoor screenings and indoors within the capacity established by the authorities, and protection measures will be a priority.
The team orients its selection at each festival edition around a broad theme related to current social issues. This year’s theme is “Fragility.” The pandemic has reminded us more than ever how fragile we are: both as humans in our natural environment and as a society. A new form of fragility is also climate change, which is affecting us every day. It further increases existing social inequalities and makes vulnerable groups suffer disproportionately. But, this is not necessarily a condition to become pessimistic, but rather a signal to be vigilant and to rethink the society we live in.
To this end, we have gathered around the idea of fragility several significant issues we face, such as: the issue of the healthcare system and education, the environment concerning the phenomenon of corruption, and the lack of women’s involvement in society, the vulnerable groups or freedom of expression, which we will find in the films presented at the Moldox Festival. In addition to screenings, the festival will host Q&As with filmmakers, public discussions with decision-makers and other guests, art exhibitions, as well as opening and closing concerts.
Organized by the “Moldox” Public Association in partnership with “Svenska Filmstudion” (Sweden), the International Festival Documentary Film Festival for Social Change Moldox is a festival focusing on urgent social issues and training and supporting local documentary filmmakers to create social change.
Moldox Festival is organized with financial support from Swedish Institute, Cahul City Hall, Austrian Cultural Forum, AKZENTE German Cultural Centre and Goethe Institute, US Embassy in Moldova, German Embassy, Dutch Embassy, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Swiss Cooperation Fund, and the National Film Centre.
Author of the visual concept: Vasiluța Vasilache.