The documentary film “ARMÂNII, from the famous Manakia to I’m not famous…” is an exploration of the Armân world, from the first motion picture shot in the Balkans by two Armâns, film pioneers Yanaki and Milton Manakia, to the first film in the cinema history spoken in the Armân language, entitled “I’m not famous but I’m Armân.”
The documentary emphasises the connection, made by the viewers themselves, between the films shot by the Manakia Brothers after 1905, presenting moments from daily life and the past of the Armâns, and the film “I’m not famous but I’m Armân” , made more than a hundred years later, which presents, as part of the story, the current situation of the Armân people.
The conclusion is that, irrespective of where they live, the Armâns share the same name and language and are the same people.
- feature film: “I’m not famous but I’m Aromanian” (2013)
- documentary: “ARMÂNII, from the famous Manakia to I’m not famous…” (2015)
Biography: Toma Enache
Master’s Degree in Actor’s Art at the Theatre and Film Academy of Bucharest (2004-2006)
First Degree in Stage Direction at the Theatre and Film Academy of Bucharest (1992-1997)
Direction of “ARMÂNII, from the famous Manakia to I’m not famous…” (documentary, 2015)
Film direction of “I’m Not Famous but I’m Aromanian” the first feature film in Aromanian, released in 2013;
PRIZES AND NOMINATIONS
Nomination with the documentary “ARMÂNII, from the famous Manakia to I’m not famous…” at the Venice Film Week 2016, to be held in August
“I’m not famous but I’m Aromanian” (feature film, 2013) received:
*Best Balkan Spirit,at the Balkan Film and Food Festival in Pogradec, Albania, 2014;
*Premio “Unica”, of the Babel Film Festival in Sardinia, Italy, 2013, for Best Representation of a Linguistic Minority in a Film;
*the Award for Best Directorial Debut granted to Toma Enache by the Romanian Union of Authors and Filmmakers, Bucharest, 2013; *the Award for Originality in promoting cultural identity at the International Ethnographic Film Festival in Zlatna, Romania, 2014.