Yesterday Ended Last Night (2022)
In the Arizona desert, a community of Christian Romanians live in the fear that the socialism they left behind the Iron Curtain is making a comeback in their new home, America. Two women filmmakers travel the literal and emotional distance to understand how their fellow Romanians have turned far-right Americans. Threading a fine line between being accepted and rejected by the church members, the filmmakers process the ethics of their methodologies and ponder upon the purpose of their documentation. The project takes a close look at the intersection of politics and religion in the lives of a Romanian-American conservative Christian community in Arizona and weaves a multigenerational portrait of its members. Directed by Oana Tenter and Delia Marinescu.
On loop from January 17-28, 2022.
Oana Tenter is a documentary filmmaker currently finishing her MFA in Social Documentation at University of California Santa Cruz. Oana’s documentary short THE PASTOR’S WOMEN, about a Pentecostal Roma community set in her home country Romania, premiered at Open City Docs London in 2019. Her work includes collaborations with The Roundhouse, The Young Vic Theatre, The Tab London, VIY and she has worked for the Oscar award-winning production company On the Corner. Her writing can be found in The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Internazionale, Scena9, and Dispatch, among others. She is the recipient of a 2020-2022 Fulbright scholarship.
Delia Marinescu (Co-Director, Yesterday Ended Last Night) is an award-winning Romanian journalist with over ten years of experience. Her reporting and writing appeared in Der Spiegel, ZDF, VICE, Slate, Digi24, Libertatea and Scena9, among others. She published stories from Romania, USA, Jordan, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Pakistan on topics related to human rights. Her latest investigative work led to the arrest of a cult leader in Transylvania. She was the recipient of Fulbright’s Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship in 2020-2021, when she studied and worked for nine months in Phoenix, Arizona.
Frames Per Second: Diaristic Storytelling
w/ filmmakers Chisato Hughes, Hoda Sobhani, and Oana Tenter
November 2, 2022, 4-5:00p.m. PT
Online Event: Register Here
This event is held in conjunction with Frames Per Second, a rotating exhibition of exemplary films from the Social Documentation MFA Cohorts 2021 and 2022: Ruth Anne Beutler, Ernie A. Calderón, Jordan Freeman, Chisato Hughes, Lara Saab, Hoda Sobhani, and Oana Tenter.
Full schedule here.