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Updated: Jan 30, 2021

New York Essential Workers Read from Romania's Iconic Poet

This year, on Romania’s National Culture Day, coinciding by design with the birthday of our greatest poet, Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889), we think not only about creativity but also about courage; about determination as much as about imagination. We place the celebration of culture during the pandemic at the unique intersection of poetry and indispensable work, both essential in a time of pressing challenges.

In a short film entitled ESSENTIALS. EMINESCU. ESSENTIAL, which we made especially for this important date in the Romanian cultural calendar, we have invited a few of New York’s essential workers – a nurse, a policeman, a cook, a shop assistant, a janitor, a bus driver, a construction technician and a farmer – to read some of Mihai Eminescu’s most famous verses, taking time off from their continuous effort that remains absolutely necessary for the survival of the city. The readings put the contemporary relevance of Mihai Eminescu’s poems to the test, proving that his verses speak as much about a distant world and a time long past as about our own existence, here and now.


Written and directed by Alex Boda

Filmed and edited by Johnny Vacar

Original music by Johnny Vacar

Poems translation and selection by Adrian G. Sahlean

Additional poems selection by Roxana Sahlean

Associate producer: Maria Branea

RCI New York coordinator in charge of the project: Luisa Tuntuc

Transportation and logistics: Gabriel Cimpoiașu

A production of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, January 2021

“Real. Beautiful” ● “Very touching” ● “Excellent idea” ● “Absolutely wonderful” ● “Outside-the-box” ● “Gorgeous” ● “Innovative and culturally integrative initiative” ●

“I burst into tears” ● “Superb”

With special thanks to Dr. Theo Trandafirescu, Captain Wanda Coleman and the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department, Adrian Ursalas and A1 General Construction, Geoff Thompson and Thompson's Cider Mill and Orchard

...and the wonderful essential workers who made this film possible!

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meant awful
meant awful
Apr 17

During the conclusion of the previous week, we organized an event that paid tribute to a number of Romanian-American women authors. In light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, we geometry dash lite extended an invitation to the general public to engage in a traditional avant-garde poetry endeavor.

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