”30 years and 15 minutes”, a manifest documentary
Directed and produced by Stefan Mandachi, the film presents the
image of a Romania built on vain promises, of a country without
highways, in which, annually, over 2000 people die in road
accidents. A documentary which wants to be a cry of despair and,
at the same time, an alarm signal for all the tensions, nerves,
frustrations, fear of injury and ultimately death that drivers feel in
the absence of an infrastructure that will give them safety and
trust, in a fine antithesis with the involvement of state authorities.
30 years after the fall of the communist regime, Romania is on the
last place in Europe in terms of highway kilometers, but on the first
place in the number of deaths in road accidents. Entrepreneur
Stefan Mandachi builds 1 meter of highway on his private property,
to attract the attention of the authorities who, despite many
promises, have failed in all these years to build a highway in the
region of Moldova. tefan Mandachi calls to action the Romanians
from all over the country and from the diaspora to a 15 minutes
strike as a protest. A reality that Stefan Mandachi presents in the
film, as a manifesto. As an act of revolt and desire for change. Not
coincidentally, he was the one who printed five million posters with
the message ”Romania wants highways” which he distributed in
his own restaurants. He printed millions of napkins with the same
content and several hundred thousand car stickers.
The campaign by which the entrepreneur called the whole
company to a 15-minute strike, on March 15, 2019, starting with
15:00, in protest of the lack of highways in Romania, had huge
echoes. Proof are the millions of Romanians and well-known
companies that have joined his initiative.
Stefan Mandachi is from Suceava, he graduated the Law School
and has a master degree in Criminal Sciences, at the ”Alexandru
Ioan Cuza” University in Iasi. He was interested in entrepreneurship
since high school, and that can explain his success with one
of the most profitable franchises of fast food restaurants in
Romania and Eastern Europe.
The journey to the film industry began as a need to change the
world around him. He attended an intensive training course at the
New York Film Academy. Also, he directed ”The Little Truth”, a
short film selected for several film festivals.
”Who is to blame for Romania being the country with the fewest
highways in the European Union?” – ”30 years and 15 minutes”,
an outrageous documentary, soon in cinemas.