A documentary film in 3 parts realized in collaboration by Tatiana Fiodorova, Vladimir Us, Vadim Ţigănaş and Denis Bartenev produced in the frame of “RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios”.

Year of production: 2008
Length - 36’33”
Image editor: Denis Bartenev
Cameraman: Ruben Agadjenean
Producer/Curator: Ștefan Rusu


“MALLdova” is a series of chronicles through which the authors commented and reflected upon the current situation of economy, culture, public space, and other aspects of the society in the Republic of Moldova in a form specific to counter-documentary style.

The first part of the film, entitled „Phantom State”, was realized by Tatiana Fiodorova. Its subject is citizenship and state disintegration in the Republic of Moldova. After the disappearance of the USSR, the majority of states from the post-soviet space didn’t manage to realize themselves as states in principle. These states either failed to control their territory or are led from outside representing a besieged democracy, while the power is held through outside infusions. The Republic of Moldova doesn’t seam to be an exception in this case. Moldova possesses none of the traits of a state: its territory is divided; there is no government that could control this state within its borders; there never existed, and never will exit a homogeneous people from the ethnic point of view here; and a nation in the political and civic sense failed to be constituted.

In the second part of the film is investigated the phenomenon of cultural houses, which was so common in the socialist era. In Romania it was known as „Căminul Cultural” that actually ceased to exist, where in case of Cultural Houses network from Republic of Moldova is the other way around; they still exist and more of this, local bureaucrats are looking to maintain its function. The precarious condition in which we could find cultural houses today is commented by former activists that worked previously in one of this Cultural Houses in the rural part of Moldova that is also commented by the experts invited to collaborate in this project.

The third part of the film is entitled „The Locality with a Single Monument”, realized by Vladimir Us and Vadim Ţigănaş. The film addresses the controversial facets of the public space. With the break-up of the socialist block, the latter goes through a new type of transformation, being subject to changes day by day. If before 1989, the public space used to be excessively politicized and ideology-based, being dominated by sculptures and architectural elements of a strong monumental character, after obtaining the independence of the Republic of Moldova, the notion ‘public space’, as well as that of public institution or function has been put to discussion only recently. It is evident that the new liberal framework is much more superior to the previous regimes and manages to incorporate most of the discourse types, including new discourses that used to circulate in this space until currently. The inter-penetration of elements belonging to the communist ideology with capitalist symbols, the cohabitation of patriotic propaganda with the free market propaganda, people’s liberation from a repressive regime doubled by their liberty conditioning through limitation of their purchasing power, etc. – all these literally characterize the transition period that we are now all going through.

„MALLdova” was produced in the frame of “RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios” curated by Stefan Rusu, organized by KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art in collaboration with VECTOR Association, Iași.

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