No relation with Minox or any other photography subject. Not at all. It’s just a, say, nostalgic feeling for a wonderful place and people, now gone.
In 1964, Romania was de-sovietized, Western world started to acknowledge and heavily invest in Romania, people were happy (well, much happier than they’ll be15-20 years later, anyway). In 1971, the then US president visited Romania, visit which meant Romania was on the brink of breaking up with Soviet Union for good, at least in doctrine (this never came to pass really). All seemed to be set for a blissful existence, in a medium to large country in the Balkans, a gepgraphical area of Europe damned by some, admired by others, interesting to everyone through the ages.
Alas!, it was not to be for long; fast forward 15 years after these images, and you will see the real face of communism. Food lacking, poorly fed children, historic areas in Romania turned to dust due to the communist industrial programme, liberty of speech inexistent, political lockdown due to the one and only political party, wooden language and lies, all of this brought by the communists.
Romania finally got rid of the communist dictatorship in December 1989 through a violent Revolution. The response of the communist leadership to the protests which started at Timisoara against the communist regime was to stop them with the help of firearms. The same things happened at Bucharest too, but the people who went to the streets to fight were many and full of anger against the dictatorship, so the Army went by their side. To create more harm to the people that turned their backs, Nicolae Ceausescu, the dictator who fleed soon after the begining of the Revolution, spread rumors such as the arab terrorists who came to kill the romanians, the poisoned water… Those rumors lead to confusion and chaos in the major cities of Romania and had as a result romanians protesters killing each other. Hundreds of people died because of those rumors, but because of them we can be happy for our liberty and rights.
This is the story of a private named Costi during the 1989 Revolution in Bucharest. The movie is named “Paper will be blue” and illustrates very well, after my opinion, what happened on those decisive days of December 1989.
I do not own this movie. It has been made by Multimedia Est in partnership with Antena 1