Still from the film "The Black Chick". Medium shot. A person wearing a bright red dress and golden jewelry raised the arms in the dance movement on the violet background, looking directly at the viewers. LGBTQAI+ is written on the left side.

The Black Chick

Original Title: Pupăza Neagră
Director: Mihaela Drăgan
Part of “Resistance is a Girl who Changes the World” series
Performed by Arhanghella
Romania, 2021, 7 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 sixth episode of the video monologues series "Resistance is a Girl Who Changes the World", based on the story of Bianca from Romania. Bianca Varga is a nonbinary activist from Romania who identifies with the she/her pronouns. She fights for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and is the creator as well as one of the hosts of „Two Black Chicks” - an online entertainment show broadcast on Facebook that presents the LGBTQ community from the presenters' perspective. The show is the form taken by Bianca's activism. Inspired by her own experiences, she condemns discrimination and brings into the spotlight the voices of the community, regardless of ethnicity, age or gender.

“I want to keep fighting for people who are being discriminated against. My role is to offer moral support. I can understand those girls. I understand what you are going through, darlings. I understand how you feel. And I am trying to give confidence, if we stick together, everything will be fine.”

Film screening dates: 22.09.2021 — 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 Arhanghella
Arhanghela is a fashion and design student at the University of Arts in Bucharest and a performer. She has recently joined Giuvlipen’s team as part of the Girls’ Resistance project, where she acted in one of the episodes. She makes art and is art and she states about herself that her existence is a form of protest in this racist and transphobic environment in which we live.