This short documentary is about some weeks in September 2013 in Romania.
It is the first part of a bigger European project.
The same version can be found on MARTIN DUFFY VIMEO ACCOUNT.
The film talks about the incidents around the death of a small boy in Bucharest allegedly killed by stray dogs and how this incident was used to release within a very short timeframe an emergency law which will lead to atrocious killing and suffering of hundreds of thousands of Romanian strays.
Massive catching and killing already started.
This film is also about the lucrative business behind the stray animal issue in Romania.
It is about connections between politics and media.
It is also about viable solutions to the problem offered by NGOs - solutions which are vastly denied by Romanian authorities.
THERE IS SOME GRAPHIC CONTENT IN THIS FILM!
THIS GRAPHIC IMAGES AND SOUNDS ROMANIAN PEOPLE HAVE TO SEE AND WITNESS EVERY DAY.
It took me 8 months to make this film.
After 2,5 months of attempts to find some money for crew and technical equipment, after getting some support by some small NGOs, I filmed between 15th November until 6th December.
I do everything probono.
Thank you all NGOs as well as individuals who helped me financing this almost no-budget project.
In the very end, I found probono help by my editors: Raluca Bibiri, my husband Martin Duffy and for polishing Roxana Ardelean and Iulian Ionita. TY!!!!
TY to everyone who helped with her/his voice in the film, giving it to the voiceless victims on the streets and in kill shelters.
TY to everyone who gave a hand in making it, to everyone who offered material or even whose material I used without the chance to ask for it.
Thank you especially Manfred Eicher/ECM RECORDS for the use of the music from the internationally awarded film THE RETURN.
FOR THE ANIMALS!
FOR THE PEOPLE!
Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy, 16th of May 2014