Natalia Ghilașcu (b. 1980) is a Moldavian journalist, writer, filmmaker and social activist who specialises in human rights. She has an MA in public communications from Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism in Moldova and a BA in international economic relations. Moreover, she held a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in journalism at Arizona State University.
Ghilașcu has worked as the editor-in-chief of the online news portal discriminare.md and as a producer and moderator of a regional television station in the Republic of Moldova. In 2011, she was nominated by the United Nations as the best journalist covering the equal rights of LGBT, Roma, people living with HIV and people with mental and physical disabilities. In the following year, she was awarded as the best journalist focusing on discrimination in 2012, and also received the Red Ribbon Award for HIV stories.
Most of Ghilașcu’s short documentaries have been broadcast on national TV station Moldova 1. Her short film Angel Back was produced in 2015 during an academic course at the Arizona State University Film School. Her 2013 documentary film Prigoana din Basarabia (The Exile from Bassarabia), co-directed by Sergiu Ene, concerns the suffering of more than two thousand Roma World War II survivors from Bessarabia who were deported to Transnistria (in Moldova, Romania and Ukraine). The documentary was produced by the National Roma Center in Moldova in collaboration with the Swedish E-Romani Glinda Association, and is part of the RomArchive film selection.
Filmography / Awards
2016 Angel Back, screened at Los Angeles Film Festival and Miami International Film Festival (short film category), screened at Paranormal Film Festival in Chicago
2013 Prigoana din Basarabia (The Exile From Bassarabia), awarded prize for best documentary film at Cronograf International Film Festival, screened at International Film Festival for Human Rights in Arizona