Thin girl versus thick bureaucracy. A few thoughts on structural violence against children.

Thin girl versus thick bureaucracy. A few thoughts on structural violence against children.

Last year, on a hot summer day, in a big rush, I had just missed my subway train. Desperately running on the stairs and then the doors closing on me. The only other person on the platform was a very thin girl with a small baby in her arms. She looked sad and exhausted and I felt sorry for her. At least I did not have to carry somebody in my arms. When other people arrived, the girl started to ask for money. I realized it was only me who had missed the train. She was there to ‘work’. To produce some income from begging. I got furious: just the day before I had read about a new begging scam that involved drugging children so that they look like peaceful little angels. I started to follow the girl to see if the child was moving. She was not moving. Maybe she was drugged. Or even dead: the article suggested that many children were drugged to death. I went to the girl to check on the baby. I asked if the baby was hers and if she was fine. The baby woke up and the girl started to breast feed her to show me she is hers. Scared, but dignified, the mother told me that she only comes to beg when they are very hungry at home. Life was harsh on her: she was 17 and this was only her younger child. A second child, a boy, was waiting for her at home. Along with 10 or so files at the Police Station for begging, which is an offense in Romania. Read more about Thin girl versus thick bureaucracy. A few thoughts on structural violence against children.

Despre rolul rudelor in sustinerea teatrului independent

Despre rolul rudelor in sustinerea teatrului independent

Azi am avut un mic motiv de ridicare din spranceana. Am  fost criticata pe motive de rudenie. O doamna blogger, care scrie despre teatrul independent, criticand o piesa in care joaca (si) fratele meu, sugera ca rolul ‘rudelor’ artistilor din teatrul independent este cumva neadecvat, toxic, vin la spectacole ca sa incurajeze inoportun si inutil, se amagesc crezand ca ‘spectatorii sunt nist ologofreni care nu inteleg nimic si de aia nu va apreciata arta la adevarata valoare’.

Sunt una dintre ”rude”, asa ca nu o sa comentez meritele sau pacatele spectacolului, dar as vrea doar sa impartasesc cateva idei cu privire la rolul rudelor in teatrul independent.

O sa indraznesc sa spun ca noi, rudele, suntem in prima linie a teatrului independent. In transee, ca sa zic asa. Chiar sub bombe! Nu numai ca nu ne ‘amagim’ pe la spectacole, dar NOI suntem cei mai exigenti critici ai teatrului independent. NOI – rudele, inainte de toti ceilalti critici, fie ei amatori sau de profesie. Read more about Despre rolul rudelor in sustinerea teatrului independent