|8:30PM||Live Music by Eva Salina and Peter Stan|
|10:30PM||Q&A with Ioanis Nugent|
|11:30PM||After Party Sponsored by New Amserdam Vodka|
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union
An intimate cinematic portrait of two Roma children forced to become their parents’ parents
Spartacus and Cassandra (Ioanis Nuguet | France | 81 min.)
Spartacus and Cassandra used to be children like the others, back in Romania. But everything changed at their arrival in France: here, they are foreigners that social services can't help, and they have to be responsible for their alcoholic father and mentally unstable mother. When Camille, a 21-year-old trapeze artist, offers to adopt them, they face an impossible choice: to stay with their parents and live on the streets, or to leave them for a better future.
Dealing with a highly polemical issue, Spartacus and Cassandra subtly breaks the stereotypes associated with Roma immigration. Ioanis Nuguet’s empathic camera captures the extraordinary life of these two siblings deprived of their childhood; The result is a heartrending first film, both aching and bright.
Eva Salina and Peter Stan
A native of Santa Cruz, California, Eva Salina Primack has studied with some of the greatest living singers of Balkan traditional music. Her rich, versatile, agile, deep and powerful voice has led her to quickly become a renowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of Traditional Balkan Vocal music.
Peter Stan is a Serbian Romani accordionist known equally for his playfulness and innovation as he is for his undeniably soulful, intuitive improvisations.
Together, Eva and Peter draw on a strong musical friendship, the diversity of their creative professional experiences, and their shared love of Balkan Romani music, creating a welcoming space where joy and sorrow seamlessly coexist. In their performance, mournful ballads nestle gently among songs of celebration, bringing the listener on a journey that encapsulates both the beauty and the complexity of daily life.