IAmA documentary filmmaker from Bucharest, Laurentiu Garofeanu, making a film about the post-communism practice of selling Romanian babies to adoptive parents. Ask me (and us) anything!
My name is Laurentiu Garofeanu, and I am a filmmaker from Bucharest, Romania. I lived in London and New York City for 15 years. I've done social and human-interest stories for international news corporations and documentaries for leading television networks including broadcasters such as TLC, Discovery, National Geographic & HBO.
I’m currently working on Lost and Found, a documentary about the wave of adoptions in Romania during the 90's and early 00's.
The film is following Jessi Froud, a vibrant young Canadian journalist, travelling the world to expose the post-communism practice of selling Romanian babies to adoptive parents by exploring the fate of Romanian children born to families too poor to care for them.
You can watch a trailer for the project on the project’s website.
Answering questions are me Laurentiu as the filmmaker, Jessi Froud the Canadian journalist, herself an adoptee from Romania, and Denisa Morariu Tamas, a TV journalist from Bucharest, Romania who has been researching similar adoption cases for years.
Ask us anything about our experiences, about that period of time, about the business of selling children for adoption, about the film, about documentary filmmaking in general or anything else you can think of! And if you have stories to share that touch on this, we're all ears. We'll be here to answer questions from 7pm CET.