BEYOND RITUALS | short documentary

Once a year, waiting becomes a religious experience on the streets of the Romanian city Iasi. Few hundred thousand pilgrims celebrate the memorial day of Saint Parascheva by queuing up to 20 hours to bid at her shrine. They form a kilomers long line on the city streets. The waiting is however worthwile: pilgrims believe the Saint makes miracles happen. In a stylized way, the film follows the life and the rhythm of the line, from its forming until the pilgrim gets the chance to touch the Holy shrine. Beyond rituals is a reflection on the desire for miracles in our lives and in Romanian society.

Directing and production: Andreea Dumitriu
Camera: Jesse Tuenter