In the Light of Memory

The film explores sites and practices of memory in post-socialist Bucharest, twenty years after the fall of Romanian communism. It is shot in Cismigiu Gardens, one of the oldest public parks in Bucharest. This central, urban space attracts people from all walks of life. It is a place for social interaction, solitary reflection, revery and memory. Interweaving recollections of the past with present-day scenes from the park, the film presents a montage of stillness and motion, images and voices, landscapes and people.

Alyssa Grossman

Alyssa Grossman is Associated Researcher at Valand Academy of Fine Art at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media from the University of Manchester. Her film Lumina amintirii (2010) was part of her doctoral thesis on everyday sites and practices of remembrance work in post-socialist Bucharest, Romania. She has an MA in Visual Anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology (2005). Her previous film, Into the Field (2005), received awards at the Astra International Film Festival (2006), the Göttingen International Film Festival (2006), and the Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Video Festival (2006).