Drive by, 2014 , Film HD, aspect ratio: 2.35:1 ,19min-44sec, stereo sound, Installation: single channel HD projection.

Directed by: Lena Dobrowolska

Filmed by: Teo Ormond-Skeaping

Drive by is a structural film consisting of multiple shots taken when driving through a Romani neighborhood on the outskirts of the city Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Filmed in slow motion (60 fps) the act of passing through the space literally stretches a fleeting instant into a prolonged pan, exposing the power of decisive moments and revealing from what may seem to be a superficial and a momentary glance ethical questions about the nature of the encounter.

This visual treatment is used as a metaphor to address the problem of representing the phenomenon of poverty and its characteristic feature: its simultaneously intense visual presence and invisibility. This intensive visual, almost pictorial, presence can be understood through the words of the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi, which defines the term as “a vivid contrasts, creating conflicting and brutally picturesque visual contents “.

This specific type of pictorialism, is inherently present in all other centers of  poverty within the modern world: the favelas of South America, or the slums of the Asian megalopolises, and suggest a process of visual-transformation of the presence of poverty within the growing economies of the developing world.

The soundtrack of the film maps the sonic universe of Romanian radio stations interspersed with historical recordings from the Revolution of 1989 and recordings gathered during filming in Romania in 2014. This soundscape becomes a contrasting background to the fate of people whose status-quo seems to remain indifferent to the courses of history.