Tuesday 06 February 2018

Between 7 February - 14 March, British Council is organising the 8th edition of "British Documentary". Every Wednesday, from 19.00, documentaries from the Grierson festival selection will be screened at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului („Horia Bernea” Studio), with Romanian subtitles. Entry is free, but seats are limited. 

This edition's films are nominees or winners at the Grierson „British Documentary Awards” in Great Britain, a festival which celebrates the best documentary filmmakers in the United Kingdom or abroad.

The "British Documentary" selection covers a wide array of topics, from history, film or art to social or ethical issues.

The 8th edition will start on 7 February in Bucharest with the screening of "Thank You for the Rain", a documentary about Kisilu, a Kenyan famer who transforms from a simple father into a community leader and, eventually, into an environmental activist on the global stage.

"Versus: the Life and Films of Ken Loach" highlights one of the most important filmmakers in Great Britain, covering his 50 years of work both on and off screen. "Attacking the Devil" follows the story of Sir Harold Evans, described by his peers as one of the greatest journalists of the 20th century, and the one who edited the Sunday Times in a time deemed as the Golden Age of British journalism. 

The series continues with the survival stories of "Children of the Gaza War", followed by two documentaries revolving around stories of women: "Behind Closed Doors" and "Women in Sink", filmed in a small hair salon in Haifa, Israel, where women from different communities share their opinions on politics, history and love. 

On 14 March, the edition will close with two films bringing science into the spotlight: "Inside Einstein's Mind: the Enigma of Space and Time", a story marking the 100th anniversary of Einstein's most famous work - the Theory of General Relativity -, and "Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur", a forensic investigation into what is revealed as the largest land animal ever known. 

After Bucharest, this edition's "British Documentary" selection will be screened in multiple locations across Romania throughout 2018. The 8th edition of British Documentary in Bucharest is held in partnership with the Romanian Peasant Museum. 
The British Council has been working with Romania since 1938. In 2018 we are marking this 80th anniversary with a series of events celebrating cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Romania.

British Documentary screenings, 8th edition, 7 February – 14 March 2018

  • 7 February, 19.00: Thank You for the Rain
  • 14 February, 19.00: Versus: The life and films of Ken Loach
  • 21 February, 19.00: Attacking the Devil   
  • 28 February, 19.00: Children of the Gaza War
  • March, 19.00: Behind Closed Doors / 20.00: Women in Sink
  • 14 March, 19.00: Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time / 20.00: Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

Notes to Editor

For further details, please contact:

Sonia Constantin

Digital Communications Manager
British Council România 
Calea Dorobanților nr. 14, București 

Tel:  021 307 9654 / 0723 694 775

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.


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