Still from the film "Bety Catfur". Two-shot. Blue color scheme. Two young people in a chill dance in front of neon hearts.

Bety Catfur

Original Title: Bety Blana de Pisica
Director: Mihaela Drăgan
Part of “Resistance is a Girl who Changes the World” series
Performed by Julio Elvisey Pisică & Andreea Petre
Romania, 2021, 8 minutes, experimental
The film is available online, for free, during the period of September 23 - October 7. It is screened in the original language with Ukrainian subtitles (SDH). English subtitles are available for this film.

Resistance is a Girl who Changes the World - a video monologue series, as part of the cultural international project Stories of Girls’ Resistance.​ The ​series showcases the inspirational, complex, and unfiltered stories of the girls that fight back and imagine better worlds for them and the societies in which they live. These stories are brought to life through video art, music, theatre, poetry, and other forms of creative documentation. ​These 3 (of 11 in total) video monologues​ are produced by the Giuvlipen theatre and performed by Roma artists.

This is the second episode of the video monologues series "Resistance is a Girl Who Changes the World", based on the story of Bety from Romania. What Bety realized after a school bullying episode is that she wants to become an actress. And that she feels fulfilled when she writes verses that have a therapeutic effect. That is why what best describes her are rhymes too:

"Come sit down, let me introduce myself! It's me Bety! Smart crow, extremely shukar
And let me be clear, you don't mess with me or with what is mine
I have enough brains, I'm crafty,
Honest, blunt actress and DJ, a poet with honey.
Cause it feels good under my skin, I love to be me
Any character suits me perfectly
Bety CatFur cause I do all playfully,
I am not afraid to be me, I know I am worth
I have darkness in my skin and all things explode"

Film screening dates: 23.09.2021 — 7.10.2021
Photo of the director Mihaela Drăgan
Mihaela Drăgan is a multidisciplinary artist with an education in theatre who lives in Bucharest and works in several other countries. In 2014, she founds Giuvlipen Theatre Company, for which she is an actress and playwright, together with other Roma actresses. Mihaela is also a trainer for Theatre of the Oppressed method, and she works with Roma women on their specific issues in Romania.

She was finalist for the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award from New York, and in 2020 she was nominated again, and she is the recipient of the Special Award of the League. In 2018, Drăgan was a resident artist in Hong Kong at Para Site Contemporary Art Centre. Her performance “Roma Futurism” has been showcased in multiple art spaces such as: the Museum of Contemporary Art from Belgrade; FutuRoma – the collateral exhibition at Venice Biennale; the Critical Romani Studies conference at Central European University in Budapest and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. In the same year she was acknowledged by PEN World Voices International Play Festival 2018 in New York as one of the ten most respected dramatists of the world.

In 2021 she exhibited her first video installation “Future is a safe place hidden in my braids” divided into 3 short films that depict futuristic rituals for healing transgenerational trauma of Roma people and project a safe future for the community.
Photo of the artist Julio Elvisey Pisică
Julio Elvisey Pisică is an interdisciplinary artist, enrolled at the Timișoara Faculty of Music and Theatre. He has participated in several festivals including the Biennale ArtEncounters and the theater festival in: v z b l in Timișoara. Julio travelled to Berlin with the Basca theater at Festiwalla. He is a peer-trainer within the Erasmus+ project, “(Roma) Heroes in Theater Education and Everyday Life”. His poems have appeared in several publications in Romania and abroad. Also he was part of the team, who created the script for “Sexodrom”, one of Giuvlipen’s latest performances. In the last few years he started to experiment independently with sound and musical production. In 2020 Julio took part in the first edition of Rezidența 21 – a product dedicated to experimental musical production – as well as in the creation residency program Queer in Solitude.
Photo of the artist Andreea Petre
Andreea Petre - actress, performer in "Toto and his sisters" and "The Unpromised Land".