Documentary Film: A Small Country with a Big Heart
Overnight, one of the least known and smallest countries in Europe became home for tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees as never before in its modern history. Moldovans immediately opened their doors and hearts in a synchronized way without anybody needing to say anything. They just did.
This summer, the documentary film “A Small Country with a Big Heart” shares with you this touching story of Moldovan hospitality and spirit.
Filmed this spring as Ukrainian families fled their houses and crossed the border into Moldova in search of safety, this Moldovan documentary tells this incredible story through the hosts of the rural guest houses in Moldova who provided safe refuge and a welcoming smile to their Ukrainian neighbors in need, known in Moldova as “guests.”
These real life characters include: Sergiu (Hanul lui Hanganu Guest House), Liuba (Vila Roz Guest House), Dan, Zaharia and Tatiana (Casa Veche Guest House), Ana (Gagauz Sofrasi Guest House), Olesea and Anatol (Eco Resort Butuceni Guest House) and Anatol.
These eight people from five guest houses in different regions of Moldova tell their experience and the unbelievable stories of the Ukrainian refugees they took into their communities. The film does not take on the stories of the Ukrainians directly, but through talking with these Moldovan hosts we feel and understand the fine relationships between neighbors and people who have shared a border all their lives.
Another important message of the film: the viewer understands from this complex and dramatic context the true nature of Moldovan hospitality. Genuine, even in times of crisis.
The documentary gets its name – “A Small Country with a Big Heart” – from how the international press and United Nations began to refer to Moldova and how it welcomed over 450,000 Ukrainian refugees into their homes and hearts, despite the country’s small size of 2.6 million people and limited resources. Moldovans then adopted this phrase as their own to describe their country’s hospitality during a time of humanitarian crisis.
Beyond these stories, the documentary takes you all across Moldova to some of the undiscovered places in one of the least known countries in Europe. What you will see may surprise you.
About this documentary film:
The documentary film “A Small Country with a Big Heart” is supported by the National Inbound and Domestic Tourism Association of Moldova (ANTRIM) and Moldova Travel with the support of the EDGE Buy-in Moldova Competitiveness Transition Activity funded by USAID.
Documentary film trailer
Watch the trailer for A Small Country with a Big Heart below as an introduction to the documentary film.
A heartfelt thanks to ALL the Moldovan hosts
This film is dedicated to all the hosts of Moldova, to whom we say thank you!
In addition to the five guest houses involved in the documentary film mentioned above, we also want to highlight the incredible work and hospitality shown by rural guest houses, wineries and other tourism and hospitality businesses throughout Moldova. Together, they hosted and supported over 8,000 Ukrainian guests. Learn more about them and the Moldova for Peace Campaign.
Rural Guest Houses in Moldova That Supported Ukrainian Refugees
Many small rural guest houses throughout opened their doors to host, provide a warm meal and offer a welcoming smile to their Ukrainian neighbors.
- Eco Village Valeni (10 rooms) – Valeni village, Cahul district
- Conacul Mierii (10 rooms) – Micleuseni village, Straseni district
- Trei Pastori Guest House (11 rooms) – satul Zăhăreuca, raionul Telenești
- Muze Guest House (8 rooms) – Lalova, Moldova
- La Tanti Masha (2 rooms) – Seliște, Moldova
- Casa Bunicului (6 rooms) – Paşcani, Moldova
- Casa din Luncă (20 rooms) – Trebujeni village
- Casa de Sub Stanca (5 rooms) – Trebujeni village
- Bahmut Club (2 rooms) – Bahmut Club, Ungheni district
Wineries in Moldova That Supported Ukrainian Refugees
- Purcari Winery (13 rooms) – Purcari village, Stefan Voda district
- Asconi Winery (20 rooms) – Puhoi village, Ialoveni district
- Castel Mimi Winery (5 rooms) – Bulboaca village, Anenii Noi district
- Chateau Vartely (14 rooms) – 170/b Eliberarii street, Orhei
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