Catalina Tesar, Dana Bunescu

The Chalice. Of Sons And Daughters

Traditional Roma-communities of Romania are culturally rich communities, ruled with complicated rituals and customs. Marriage is maybe the most set in stone such custom, with everything about it being under very strict community control. What keeps everyone alert is Roma marriage’s highest stake: fertility and conceiving boys.

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Traditional Roma-communities of Romania are culturally rich communities, ruled with complicated rituals and customs. Marriage is maybe the most set in stone such custom, with everything about it being under very strict community control. What keeps everyone alert is Roma marriage’s highest stake: fertility and conceiving boys. 

The Chalice dives us into the lives of Peli and Nina, a couple married by arrangement and parents to a little girl. Their existence is under intense scrutiny as local custom imposes that the couple conceive a boy for their marriage to survive. Only a boy can later inherit the family’s chalice (tahtai), a badge of great symbolic and financial value. This puts young Nina under considerable pressure, but nobody around her sympathises with her plight.

Filmmakers Catalina Tesar and Dana Bunescu embarked on the project after Tesar spent years studying the Roma community for her PhD research. Having won their trust in the process, Tesar is allowed to bring in cameras to record their everyday lives. Generously repaying its viewers for choosing to watch it, this documentary is an empathic observation of how little freedom these people have in choosing how to live their lives.


Q&A

The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Catalina Tesar.

Regisseur Catalina Tesar, Dana Bunescu
Land Romania
Taal Romani, Romanian
Ondertiteling English
Speelduur 83 min
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