Malanca – a time machine

Malanca – o mașină a timpului

92’45’’, 2021.


Alin Rus


Alin Rus


Alin Rus


Alin Rus, Ioan Apostu


Ioan Apostu


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“Malanca – a Time Machine” scrutinizes the main events Ukrainian society has gone through during the last six decades as experienced by a Romanian ethnic rural community living in the village of Krasnoilsk, Southwestern Ukraine. It does that through the lens of their ritualistic winter folk-play Malanca, as it is presented by community members through their stories that reflect their subjective standpoints. The movie is made of two parts. The first part presents a series of events related to Malanca through the voices of participants who focus on important moments in the past of their community. In the second part of the film, the whole ritual is revealed, as it unfolds in January 2019.

Alin Rus is a cultural anthropologist interested in social movements, traditional customs of rural communities, and the relation between local rural rituals and global capitalism. He recieved a Ph.D. in Philology from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, in 2018. He is currently lecturer in Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire, United States.