The Distance between Me & Me



Film and multi-channel gallery installation project on creative freedom, memory and power, co-authored with Siver Bear-winner Dana Bunescu and produced by Berlinale-winner Ada Solomon of HiFilm. Winner of Romanian preview section audience award at Films de Cannes à Bucarest. Screened at Trieste Film Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, held over 18 weeks in Romanian cinemas.

Toto and His Sisters

Film Consultant

Romania 2014

The life of one family in the ghetto - a documentary from Emmy-winning Director Alexander Nanau

  • premiered in 2014 at the San Sebastian Film Festival 

  • received top awards at the Zurich, DokLepizig, and Warsaw film festivals

Our School

Director & Producer

US/Switzerland/Romania 2014

Feature documentary on the school segregation of Roma children

  • premiered in competition at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, won Best US Feature at AFI SilverDocs; nominated for the Silver Eye Award for Best Eastern European Documentary and the Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary

  • screened before US Congress, the European Parliament, and several European Ministries of Education; entering its 4th year of partnering with Amnesty International


Children Underground

Associate Producer

US 2001

Documentary on Romanian street children from Oscar-nominated director Edet Belzberg  

  • received the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance festival 

  • nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary

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Festival programming
2012 to present | Board member Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema annual series in New York.

2013 to present | Programmer, One World Romania human rights documentary film festival in Bucharest, Romania.

2014 to 2018 | Creative Director, fARAD, a documentary, hybrid,  and experimental film festival in Arad, Romania.

Select industry participations

2014 Jury Member, Astra Documentary Film Festival

2013 New York Review Committee, International Documentary Association Award

2013 Romanian Days Jury Member, Transilvania International Film Festival

2012 Jury Member, Movies That Matter


2018 to present | Teaching film art and history at Rutgers University.​

2018 | Taught documentary film directing in the graduate film school of New York University's Tisch school.



© 2014 Mona Nicoara