Gabi Cociuba is a photographer and program manager for the American Romanian Cultural Society, organizer of the Romanian Film Festival Seattle. The film festival celebrates its 10th edition, playing Nov. 4 to Nov. 12 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Northwest Film Forum and online. Learn about Gabi Cociuba…
Hometown: Arad, Romania
First job: Cashier
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: Hiking, exploring parks, going to antique shops and art galleries.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Putting together this festival has been a rewarding and humbling experience. It’s a long process to organize it, but it’s worth it to create something for the community.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: It’s not the biggest obstacle, but a significant one. Many years ago, I was at a crossroads with my Romanian identity as an immigrant. Eventually, I came to accept that not being a walking encyclopedia on Romanian culture did not make me less Romanian. That silly bit of self-acceptance was liberating. I’m happy to report that I’m still Romanian to this day.
Someone who inspires you and why: Currently the music group Subcarpați for creating such a magical blend of Romanian folk music, hip hop and electronic music. It makes me homesick, but it also soothes my soul and inspires me to create.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Be open-minded to learn from those around you.
Favorite quote: “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” – Orson Welles
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I like listening to country music in the car. It’s great for long drives.
What makes someone fabulous: A great sense of humor and sincere kindness.