The following is edited from press releases sent in by Amanda Steele:
Fisher College, at the corner of Back Bay and Beacon Hill, will host the U.S. film premiere of the feature documentary Decoding Dacia Thursday at 6 p.m. in memory of Nicholas Dimancescu, Fisher graduate of the class of 2007.
Decoding Dacia, a 50-minute film produced by Kogainon Films, explores the legacy of the Dacian Kingdom from “past to present” through the lens of Rome’s invasion and conquest between 101 and 106 AD.
Dimancescu launched the production of the documentary in January 2011, the third film in a series entitled “Romania at War.” In May 2011, while filming above Cioclovina Cave in the Carpathian Mountains, he died tragically in a fall from a high cliff.
His family and film colleagues, inspired by his passion for exploring his Romanian origins, decided to complete his film. His parents created a scholarship in his memory that totals $7,500 to be awarded to three students who will receive $2,500 each.
"We have stayed close to his interest in filming the rugged Carpathian Mountain landscapes and people who still populate the areas once inhabited by Dacians," says his father and producer, Dan Dimancescu. "Much of our work involved filming both from the ground and from the air over the Sarmizegetusa zone and the Danube River Iron Gates. This approach gives life to ancient legacies embedded in the contemporary landscapes."
“We are very proud to premiere Decoding Dacia here at Fisher College for the first time in Boston,” states Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, President of Fisher College. “Nicholas was an exceptional student filled with life, determination, and a passion for exploring the world. Our thoughts will be with him and the Dimancescu family on this night as we remember an incredible young man who braved the landscapes of Romania to tell an ancient story.”
The film premiered at a UNESCO event in Florence, Italy, on Sept. 20 and in Bucharest, Romania, on Sept. 24. This will be its premiere in the United States. All of the material in the film is original. Specially featured for the first-time are 3D digital reconstructions of Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital; the fortress of Blidaru; the enormous Roman Bridge across the Danube; and Trajan’s Forum and Column in Rome. Both were built with the plunder won from the conquest of Dacia.
Decoding Dacia will be shown in the college's Alumni Hall, at 118 Beacon St.