IRINA BOTEA  
     
 
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Phalanstère
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Art Historians
It is now a matter of learning hope
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Picturesque
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Before a national anthem
A place of citizenship
Auditions for a revolution
We in the year 2000
Bringing the fiction home: Laura
Bringing the fiction home: Pinocchio
Bringing the fiction home: Bruno
Bringing the fiction home: We were 16
Menome 2
Menome 1
Out of the bear
Elena ladybug
Total comfort
Reenactment
Felicia
Felicia says
Stereotypical conversations
Where do you play monopoly
Batuta lui Oprica
Cow session
Enisa and the shadows
Barefoot
Aktion
Irony Venus
Home electric
Tiempo de la princesa
Fatima, Natalie, Misch
Leo
 
Before a national anthem
2009, video, 78'

The film is attempting to analyze and exhaust the model of a national anthem through engaging with its form and content. The telos of composing a national anthem was not to mobilize a patriotic feeling around the idea of nation, but to consider: what is the political imagination of the moment?
For ‘Before a National Anthem’ writers and musicians were asked to create, in the freest way possible, a new national anthem for Romania. In addition, a ‘collage’ text was composed through the use of comments made by people in a variety of public spaces, responding to the question: how do you compose a national anthem today? The twelve chapters document a professional choir deciphering the freshly formulated anthems.
The project examines the capacity of songs to be sites of active resistance and social protest. Moreover, the choir itself constitutes a collective structure that negotiates the interpretation and performance of each musical piece.