Synopsis Balta Alba

Balta Alba White Pond is in the southeastern district of Bucharest, the city of Metropolis from the edge of the Orient, the capital of Romania.

The first historical data of this area dates back to 1813, during the fanariot ruler of Walachia Ioan Gheorghe Caragea. An outbreak of plague killed over 50,000 people, and one of the pits where the dead were buried joint is located here. anhydrous lime who throw over dead was spread by rain puddles forming.

In the ' 60s when Bucharest extended, here comes one of the classiest neighborhoods of the capital. In most of the new built blocks of military personnel were living, teachers, people of culture, but also people from the dreaded Ceausescu's regime security.

In the vicinity of appeared and many factories and Mills.
This fact made a big number of working people to move here, and a big number of blocks were raised.

Basically, Balta Alba population has become very diverse. More social classes divised the same blocks.
One of the particularities of this district is the appearance of a very large number of musicians, within 30 years, what made this a unique White Pond in Romania, transcending the condition of “communist bedroom”.

No one could have imagined as a perimeter of several square kilometers, there are hard rock, new wave, avant-garde, hip hop, jazz, electro, classical and Fiddlers.
Basically here were born, grew up and developed as a very big name artists of Romanian music, from bands such as:

Iris - also known as The National Rock Band of Romania , forbidden three times during communist regime

Il-Egal – Romanian hip hop pioneer
Timpuri Noi – very ironic new wave band with some trouble in the 80’s because of communist party, and big success in the 90’s

Partizan – Timpuri Noi reinvented in the 2000’s

Marijuana – most important hip hop female voice

Maxim Belciug – great acoustic guitarist of classic music and many more

The documentary will reveal stories of musicians and of several vernacularity people, about this district, about their musical career, the socio-cultural context in which their life unfolds.

In this sense, the documentary shows the musicians and their stories in a chronological order.

We have the very hard 80's, in which the electric current a few times a day, because Ceausescu wanted to make savings to pay off external debts of Romania, the blocks were not heated in winter, on TV there were no more than two hours of the program, and the food was rationalized.
Around this time the pressure of security and communist party organs was huge. In Balta Alba, almost every block have a ladder to dreaded Security, who the Snitch was sending monthly notes about neighbors ' activities.
Rock musicians at that time had difficulties to emerge on the scene, many of them being forbidden by the culture committees of the Communist regime.

After the anticommunist revolution of 1989, the 90s was a very cloudy in terms of the socio-political. However, musically speaking Romania had a boom rock and jazz. In Balta Alba appeared first hip-hop drug movement in Romania. It was basically for the first time in Romania, when a well-defined map had his own music.

Follow then the 2000s until today. Years that Balta Alba has seen a relative centers. Economic context is easy to be observed. Stores like tabacco shop, the dry good store, and 80's confectionery from ground floors are now blocks banks, betting agencies, pawn shops and pharmacies.
Musically speaking has a quarter of the third generation of musicians, and musicians of the older generations, who have known the reinvention.

Balta Alba is marked over 30 years of artistic and creative work, sad and funny stories.

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