The 13th ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON: TOGETHER AND APART

10 – 14 November 2016, Curzon Soho Cinema (99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY) www.rofilmfest.com TOGETHER AND APART is a phrase which may describe the relationship between two partners as they twist »»»

GHiDUL ROMÂNESC (ediția online) poate fi accesat aici

http://www.romani-online.co.uk/ghid Ediția tipărită va fi distribuită la toate punctele de interes ale românilor din Marea Britanie (biserici, consulate, magazine, restaurante, în toate coletele distribuite de Albinuta UK, prin intermediul partenerilor ROMANi ONLiNE, »»»

NOIR FROM EASTERN EUROPE

Profusion brings you an extraordinary trio of crime fiction novels from Romanian authors in English translation, plus an amazing true crime book. PROFUSION PUBLISHERS (www.profusion.org.uk) is an independent British enterprise, publishing popular »»»

 

EDITORIAL

Globalisation vs. nationalism

Globalisation has been the word we used for the last couple of decades in order to explain everything about the world and its peoples. Massive cultural changes, revolutions in communication, large scale migration – we could explain all of it with the concept of globalisation. On the other hand, nationalism and national identity has been the elephant in the corner of the room. The 21st century has seen one population after another demanding recognition for traditional rights and beliefs, and breaking up settled partnerships so as to achieve their individual aspirations.  Scottish nationalism is only the latest example, and not the most extreme. All over the world old empires are coming under pressure and splitting, while, only a short distance away pressures mount to create new groupings redressing the balance of history.

All of us feel these pressures to some extent in our daily lives, none more so than the collectivities of migrants living in various parts of the world.  Most of our correspondents are among the most passionate in expressing love and admiration for Romania, its scenery, its customs and its resources. Yet not many express a desire to make a permanent return. This is a circle which cannot be squared, but it’s the way that people live, happily and with satisfaction, no matter how often they are abused in the press or by extreme nationalists. There’s more to it. Few persons now care where Brâncuși came from, and his is only one name in a long list of Romanians who have become towering figures in a global culture. This is a contradiction for which nationalism (of any kind) seems to have no answer.

The answer seems to be that it’s possible to be both a passionate devotee of a specific background, and a committed “citizen of the world”. Fortunately, Romanians seem willing to be contented in whatever place Fate deposits them. If they are not, they leave. And that’s how it should be.