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Thank You

Thank You
Did you hear the screams?Did you feel the rotting wounds?Did you ever breathe the dust after a bomb bloomed?Could you understand the pain that swallows our hearts whole when we think about all the loved ones left at home?The stories of veterans should never be forgotten. Honoring the sacrifices so many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very basis of Veterans Day. A short documentary portrait about Dan Arsenescu,a romanian retired man from army who behind a smile that he always wears on his face,he hides heartbreaking stories about the atmosphere of UN peacekeeping missions.
Director Biography - Alexandra Maria Manda
My name is Alexandra, I'm 20 years old,I live in Bucharest and I'm a film directing student and I am attend to learn from these fields:3D/2D Animation,Graphics,3D Concepting ,Directing, Acting, Video Editing and Digital Art.My project "Against Time" represent my first movie that I made as a film-directing student in the first year of college for the semester exam with which I won 2 awards at Cannes World Film Festival Remember the Future. I was evolved in the preselection jury in an International Movie Festival.I received in 2023 an artistic achievement diploma which is recognized at a international level by Museum of Art from Luxembourg in the contest of art:"Luxembourg Art Prize". I played at the theatre in Bucharest "Unteatru" in a play with the world-known actress Maia Morgenstern from the movie "The Passion of the Christ". I graduated a high school in Art field in Pitești and received an graphic certificate .When I was 18 I won with my filmmaking team from high school the first place in an nationally short film contest for "Anti drugs".When I was 17,me and my filmmaking high school team won the special prize in the nationally contest "Boovie Festival" and also we attended the short film festivals and theatre projects from Romania:"Boovie Festival", "Dracula Film Festival", "Anticorruption","Anti drugs" and "Stop Violence".My guidance teacher throughout the school years was Mr. Baltă Laurențiu, the former student of the well-known Graphic Artist from the Union of Visual Artists,Mircea Dumitrescu Director Statement I want this project to be seen by as many people as possible, because the stories of Veterans shouldn't be forgotten.Nowadays, veterans are forgotten for the good things they did for our country as a sign of patriotism.Negligence and insults like "thieves" or "mercenaries" are the events that the Romanian veterans encountered after 1989 after the fall of comunism.Their looks tell many stories and sufferings stories that nobody knows.As a teen from Z generation,I'm grateful for the veterans who are alive and for the deceased heroes who risked their lives for us in the theaters of operations for maintaining peace and security of the Romanian citizen and for the wonderful things they did for the populations in the missions.For me,they are the real contemporary superheroes,thank you dear veterans! Our best option is us.Life begins when the fear is over but sometimes failure is the key to success, it depends on how you approach the situation.I want to go to the place I'm afraid to follow because I know that place is exactly what I'm looking for.Even if talent represents 1% and 99% work, without passion, ambition and motivation you cannot create something to inspire the public.The noblest art is to make people smile and to make your message heard by others.I hope I made my message and intentions heard with the short film "Thank you".