Untamed Romania

Emotion. Passion. Wilderness. Richness.

An exciting beginning. A captivating road, but just as exciting. A passion for richness. Nature’s richness, underestimated.

Emotion and passion, wilderness and richness, nature and its majesty in a single word, Romania represented in a novel documentary — “Untamed Romania”.

Endangered species, wild places, forests and other forms of vegetation abundant with animals, breathtaking landscapes, blessed places.

Advocate for Romania’s beauties, born from the desire to promote the natural richness of this land, I do realise that this kind of documentary is a true adventure, which requires energy, creativity, knowledge and a respectable amount of financial resources.

It is one of those documentaries which I can say I would certainly watch again!

It’s impressive how technology can create miracles, transmitting sensations which we wouldn’t be able to feel otherwise. Having the occasion to witness the river salamander laying its eggs in the water, or the mountain eagle finding food for its nestlings, the Carpatian lynx spoiling its cubs, or again how a family of cormorants saves its offsprings, generally how wild animals live in their natural habitat.

Never could have I imagined that a documentary about the untamed lands of Romania could transmit so much. Of course, it cannot be denied that my being a parent and the fact that I find the richness of this country captivating made all of this become yet better.

On the other hand, from an organizational viewpoint, I found it to be somewhat vapid, especially the event’s ending — thanks were given to “Off the fence”, the french production house in charge of the documentary, who was then invited on the scene, but that was all. Only afterwards I discovered that, in fact, the idea for this documentary belonged to one of the founding members of The European Nature Trust: Mr. Paul Lister.

On the principle “give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar”, I couldn’t help but wonder why seemingly everything in this country suffers from an acute lack of protocol, of common decency, to say it straightforwardly. I felt as if that were the case during this event as well.

It appeared as if all the famous guests came out of obligation rather than for the love of this country and the desire to make things change for the better.

There are countless people in mass media with such a major influence, especially among the youth. One cannot help but wonder why they cannot use this power for educational purposes as well?

What has remained in my mind, and especially in my soul, is this quote from the end of the documentary: “Nature is not only majestic, but also fragile. Flowers don’t need to be loved, but watered and for the gardener the beauty of the flowers shall not be a reason to be proud, but to be loving and grateful”.

Natura’s got nothing to thank us, humankind, for… We, on the other hand, have everything to thank it for. We need to respect it, to take care of it just as the wise gardener does, who understands nature’s needs and puts them above his own as a person. And so, deforestation, uncontrolled hunting, littering parks and forests, cutting down vegetation in cities, illegal fishing, not recycling rubbish, the exaggerated consume of water and energy are only a few of the most damaging actions. We should all have some common sense and be mindful of our own actions.

“It’s not thanks to us if we are born in a beautiful place, but it is our duty to make it linger on. Nature’s greatness needs to be there for the generations to come as well.”





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