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Otilia Babara, the director of Love Is Not an Orange will be sharing her process of building a collective history using family archives. She radically changed her initial ideas and embraced the essence of the archives. In “Love is not an Orange” she gives space to the images, unveiling the story without the voiceover being the main guide. She will share her intentions of using film as a therapeutic medium and creating a safe space for Moldovan people to share their traumas.

Otilia Babara is a documentary filmmaker from Moldova currently based in Brussels. She holds a degree in documentary filmmaking from the DocNomads European Master program (Belgium, Hungary, Portugal) and is a 2013 Berlinale Talents fellow. She is drawn to those who usually go unnoticed. Her films expose big wounds hidden in small details and she’s fascinated by untold stories of women. 

Love Is Not an Orange is her first feature documentary and it had its world premiere at the DOK Leipzig in 2022. Since then, it has been screened at the Vision du Reel and MoMA Doc Fortnight. The film received the Silver Eye Award for the Best East and Central European Documentary, the CEI Award at the Trieste Film Festival, and the Best Documentary Award at the Tirana International Film Festival.

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