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All About Economy Film Days, Bucharest

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Hosted by: the University of Bucharest

Date: 10-12 April 2019

Our team is happy to announce the 4th edition of All About Economy Film Days Festival that will be held in Bucharest on 10-12 of April 2019.

The festival will offer interesting guest speakers, group discussions and a thematic film programme.

We are very excited to announce our upcoming event in Sofia at the New Bulgarian University in June 2020.

The need for renewal

One of the consequences of the economic crisis of 2008 was the loss of confidence into so-called “mainstream economics”, as taught at universities around the globe, as it was neither able to foresee the crisis, nor to propose effective and uncontroversial countermeasures. Its overly abstract and mathematized language is today criticized for being too remote and cryptic.

An economics for the people

There is a growing demand for an economics striving for clarity, methodological pluralism, social responsibility and ethical sensitivity – a social science willing to incorporate the broader concern for the common good into its theoretical edifice, and able to explain the consequences of economic decisions to a wider audience.

For the economy concerns us all – its discussion must not be restricted to specialists. Better-informed citizens are a prerequisite for sustainable development.

Film as a didactic means

The organizers of the All about Economy Film Days are convinced that films are a suitable medium to involve students and a wider public into economic topics, as films are able to elucidate ethical dilemmas and pair facts with emotions.

What should the economy of the future look like?

The festival wants to spread optimism and illustrates attempts to bring about change. For it is possible to improve the economic environment, in which we live and work.

Discussions between critical filmmakers, academia, business as well as foreign and local students lead to new insights.

This event takes place within a course module of Hochschule Luzern and aims to explain economics to students in an appealing way using documentary and fiction films related to economics. Didactic approaches applied in the module include film screening, lectures, excercises and critical discussion.

Prof. Paul Dembinski, Initiator





Prof. Paweł Dembiński

One of the consequence of the economic crisis of AD 2008 was the crisis of confidence besetting so called “mainstream economics”. Economics, as lectured and taught at the leading universities around the globe, was neither able to foresee the upcoming crisis nor capable of proposing any efficient and uncontroversial countermeasure. International outcry ensued, blaming overly abstract and mathematized language of contemporary economics for being too remote and cryptic for an average citizen. The aim of domesticating the economics as science is the starting point for this conference.

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There has been growing public demand for an economics, in which there is a place for clarity, methodological pluralism, social responsibility and ethical sensitivity. An idea was subsequently born that a new public image of economics has to be created, which would be able to explain the consequences of certain economic decisions to the wider audience and laymen and to incorporate broader concern for social good into its own theoretical edifice.

Understanding the importance of this problem prompted professor Paul Dembinski from Fribourg University, Switzerland, to start AREF (Association for the Renewal of Research and Teaching in Economics and Finance), in which leading Swiss specialists in economics and finance has been gathered together to popularize knowledge about those two disciplines. Professor Paul Dembiński proposed Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdańsk University of Technology to cooperate in organization of film meetings on economy and economics. Such initiative fits neatly within the strategy of the Association, since primarily the event’s goal is to disseminate knowledge about economics and financial markets in an unconventional and intelligible manner.

Film seems to be the medium cut out to fulfil this lofty educational and enlightening mission. Both documentary and feature films explain perfectly mechanisms and intricacies of economy and world of finance, enabling simultaneously to comprehend point of view of various social actors, their perceptual and cognitive frameworks and their guiding moral principles. Films affect the viewers, provoke discussion, arouse curiosity, trigger interest and sensitize the viewers to the importance of economic issues.

Formula of the conference

Our conference consists of two modules: one consists of documentary films and second of fictional films. Documentary films module consists of screenings of some of the most insightful documentaries recently made on the economy-related topics, preceded by a short lecture.

Fictional films module consists of a lecture by one of our keynote speaker which discusses certain aspects of a modern economy and economics, next illustrated by motion picture.

Two Lottery Tickets (Romanian comedy film)

Time: 18:30 

Film Duration: 1h 26m




Three men from a provincial town are in urgent need of money and decide to buy a lottery ticket. They win the lottery, but soon after their ticket gets stolen.



The King of Communism: Nicolae Ceausescu (BBC documentary)

Time: 10:00

Film Duration: 56:03 min

Speaker: Professor of History


Kapitalism – Our Improved Formula (documentary)

Time: 14:30

Film Duration: 1h 20m

Speaker: Professor of  Journalism


Arbitrage (fiction)

Time: 18:00

Film Duration: 1h 47m



A World Without Money, a documentary by DW


Film Duration: 42:26 m

Speaker:  Doctor Comanescu from National Bank of Romania


Trading Paradise, Documentary, by Daniel Schweizer


Film Duration: 1h 18m

Speaker: Swiss Speaker


17:30 The award ceremony & Official Closing



Prof. Paul H. Dembinski, Festival Initiator

Swiss-Polish economist, professor at Fribourg University, where he occupies the Chair of International Strategy and Competition, head of the “Observatoire de la Finance” in Geneva, founder of the Institute of Economic Research Eco Diagnostic. An expert on behalf of international organizations such as OECD and UNCTAD, he also conducts studies of Switzerland’s economic fabric. He is the initiator and Vice-President of AREF (Association for the Renewal of Research and Teaching in Economics and Finance).

Mag. Michael Derrer, Co-initiator and Festival Director

Hochschule Luzern and ASCENT AG

As a specialist for the renewal of didactics in economics, he recognizes the value of films to affect the viewers, provoke discussion and sensitize to the importance of economic issues. As a business consultant, he has the role of an interface between internationalizing Swiss companies and the economic environment of East and Central European countries.

Professor Magdalena Iordache Platis


Vice-rector of the University of Bucharest beginning with 2011 and dean of the Faculty of Business and Administration between 2005 and 2011, Professor Magdalena Iordache Platis, Ph.D. is specialised in economy, business administration and marketing, as she is an active professor with over 25 years of experience in higher education teaching.

Christian Năsulea, lecturer at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest


Christian Năsulea is a lecturer at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, where he teaches Global Economics, Globalism and Globalisation and other economics-related subjects. He is an associated lecturer at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, where he teaches Cross-Cultural Management in English and Business Economics in French. He is the executive director of The Institute for Economic Studies – Europe and an affiliated researcher with the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales.
He has a PhD in Management and his main fields of scientific interest are: public policy, political and commercial negotiation in international relations, behavioural economics, and the economic impact of technology.

Professor Antonio Momoc


Antonio Momoc is a Communication and PR specialist, director of the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Communication, associate professor at the University of Bucharest and PhD in Sociology. He is also a consultant in reputation management and public speaking trainer for commercial and political clients.
Awarded as the Bologna Professor of 2017 by the National Alliance of Students’ Organizations, Antonio Momoc holds several degrees in Communication Studies, PR and Journalism and obtained over the years a series of international scholarships: a scholarship at the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (2004), a post-PhD European scholarship (2010-2013), including a mobility period at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali “Guido Carli” from Rome, Scuola Superiore di Giornalismo “Massimo Baldini”, and a SUSI scholarship (2013) at Ohio University, E. W. Scripps College of Communication, USA.
Author of the books Comunicarea 2.0 [Communication 2.0] (Adenium, 2014), Capcanele politice ale sociologiei interbelice, Școala gustiană între carlism și legionarism [The Political Snares of Interwar Sociology: The Gusti School between Carlism and Legionarism] (Curtea Veche, 2012), and coordinator of the volumes Activiștii mărunți [The Small Activists] (Curtea Veche, 2007) and Bișnițari, descurcăreți, supraviețuitori [Black marketers, shifters, survivors] (Curtea veche, 2013).

Cătălin Grădinaru


Cătălin Grădinaru is a tutor at the Business and Administration Faculty belonging to the University of Bucharest, Romania, since 2012. His academic interests lie in the topics he is teaching: Introduction to Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Services Marketing and Marketing Simulations. Also related to his professional interests, his PhD in Economics is noteworthy of mentioning: he graduated the School of Advanced Studies of the Romanian Academy. He is also a member of the board of directors at the EFdeN NGO (started in 2013), endeavor aimed at developing a solar house in order to represent Romania at the Solar Decathlon International Competition. The EFdeN house is now the first Comfort Research Center in the country.

Emanuel Mihail Socaciu, an associate professor at the University of Bucharest


Emanuel Mihail Socaciu is an associate professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy. He has got his PhD in philosophy in 2008, with an applied ethics thesis on the topic of property restitution in post-communist Romania. In his 2014 book “A cui este casa mea? Preliminarii la o etica a restituției” (“Who is the Owner of my House? Blueprint for an Ethics of Restitution”) he proposed a conceptual and procedural tool for the moral assessment of restitutive policies (“the Popperian test for restitution”).
Socaciu is the co-founder and current director of the Research Center in Applied Ethics at the University of Bucharest ( His current research interests lay broadly within the areas of moral philosophy, applied ethics and the management of ethics in organizations. He is writing on topics such as moral bioenhancement, the moral foundations of intellectual property, the ethics of technology and ethics of science.
Socaciu has also done consulting and advocacy work for private and public organizations in Romania, helping them draft their codes of ethics, design and implement an ethical infrastructure and enhance ethical culture. He is a member of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Bucharest (an IRB-type body).

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Vote for the best film

Economy Film Days Organizers kindly invites all festival guests to the participation in accompanying actions such as games and competitions. For more details go to: Be there and enjoy!

University Of Bucharest, Faculty Of Administration and Business

Adress: 4 – 12 Regina Elisabeta Bvd., District 1, Bucharest, Romania

University of Bucharest

Paul H. Dembinski


Michael Derrer

Festival Director

Alina Savu

Director Bucharest Festival Edition

Olga Belous

Art Director

The 4th Edition of the Economic Film Festival “All About Economy” will be held under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in Romania and the National Bank of Romania.

Contact Us:
Michael Derrer
Director of the Festival
Hochschule Luzern – Business School
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
+41 79 320 21 52

Alina Savu
Director of the Bucharest Edition
S.C. Web Connect S.R.L.
Ascent Swiss Business Management AG
+40 72 362 32 19

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