Better Switzerland than Turkey

”The two young directors’ strategy is based on autobiographical exploration, but its result can be mapped as a dialogue between different mentalities, frequently leading to dissension” (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012). Romanian short experimental film, winner of the Special Jury Mention at BIEFF Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival and presented on CINEPUB in partnership with the festival.

Connection lost by Paula Oneț, Manuela Borza - CINEPUB

Director: Paula Oneț, Manuela Borza
Scriptwriters: Paula Oneț, Manuela Borza
Cast: Paula Oneț, Manuela Borza
Produced by: Anadolu University and Babeș-Bolyai University
Category: experimental short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2012
Duration: 10 minutes
Subtitles:  english
Territories: –

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At the boundary between documentary and fiction, the two directors’ short is an astute commentary on the relationship between them (who are young adults temporarily studying abroad) and their parents back home, in Romania. The two recorded the Skype sessions with their relatives, without them knowing it, this bringing forth the documentary type of authenticity. The main topic is their staying in Turkey which brings to light preconceptions and attitudes of the ones at the other end of the line.

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On the Romanian short films segment, „Connection lost” is one of those films with a sharper social approach, almost like a documentary. Created during the refugee crisis, Paula Oneață and Manuela Borza’s short film is about the ethnical stereotypes used to judge others, about the false judgement of contexts and last, but not least, about delicate situations in which prejudice affects one’s relationships with their loved ones.

The story is put through the intimate filter of the film’s authors, who, living far from their native places, discover through their Skype conversations that their families are do not have quite so friendly opinions regarding Turkey, the place where the two young women are studying.

A lucid film, well integrated in the category of Romanian short films online at


”The two young directors’ undertaking is grounded on autobiographic investigation, but the result of this investigation is configured as a dialogue between different mentalities, often that often contradict each other.” (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012).


„Those Muslim are dangerous.”
„ But we had the impression that Turks still have harem and seven wives …Only men are important.”
„Anyway the women are still not very active.”


  • Balkan Spirit, Online Video Competition / Balkan Creativity – 2012, France


  • Special Jury Mention, BIEFF Bucharest International Film Festival – Romania, 2012
  • First Prize, Europe Moving Image Film Festival – France, 2013
  • 2nd Prize, Documentary Section, FFEST International Student Film Festival – Romania, 2012
  • Special Jury Mention, Local Competition, Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2012