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I AM HERE — short film, 2020

I AM HERE is a visual poem that has the value of a manifesto, a declaration of love composed out of messages spoken in a plurality of voices and languages, out of casual human gestures that briefly appear on screen, of the gentle breeze that we can feel even if it cannot reach us.


Alina Manolache’s mesmerising ‘I Am Here’, features relationships by their absence: the social vacuum on display in CCTV footage from the Trevi Fountain, Chinese pharmacies, a British golf course and other depopulated locations around the world.


This is the work of an artist attuned to the rhythms of both technology and society in searching for the “here” referenced in the title that is in a constant state of relocation.

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Festivals and exhibitions

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Romania, International Competition

European Film Festival, Romania, Cinem@casa, curated by Andrei Tanasescu

Alternative Film / Video, Serbia, South by Southeast, curated by Greg de Cuir Jr.

Balkan can Kino / Zoetrope Gallery, Athens, GreeceFemale Waves: Romanian Experimental, curated by Flavia Dima

In Short Europe, London, Loving Encounters, curated by Shira McLeod

Short Waves, Poznan, Poland, Focus Romania, curated by Oana Ghera

BIEFF Timisoara, Romania, Best of BIEFF

Premiile Sofia Nadejde, Sibiu and Bucharest, Romania, Special Screening

Ma gandesc la ea Gallery, Sibiu, Romania, group exhibition curated by George Rosu

Moldova Film Festival, Iasi, Romania, Official Selection

Silence is Golden, Belgrade, Serbia, Special Screening with live soundtrack

The film is also part of the omnibus ‘Journey Around the Home in 60 Days’, premiered at Jihlava IFF Czech Republic, nominated for the best film in Between the Seas Competition.

Cast & Crew

Director / Editor: Alina Manolache

Producers: Alina Manolache, Andrei Tănăsescu, Anca Hrab

Director of photography / additional footage: Laurențiu Răducanu

Music: Bob Chilcott