I never lived in a mining region, my father was not a coal miner, I’ve never seen a coal miner before, when the miners went to Bucharest in 1992, I had no television. Something pushed me to go to Valea Jiului.
The history of mining in Valea Jiului begins in 1840, experiences a period of glory under Ceausescu and reaches the successive closing of the mines from 1999 to the present. The closing of the coal mines is a very common history in Europe. Coal becomes unprofitable. Unemployment becomes the issue.
Gabriela Lupu goes to the South West of Romania in search of moments of life about to disappear. Coal mining was one of the most valued industries in the communist era and it is hard to imagine that the mines are going to close.