Saturday, October 15, 2022 14:30 -
VOX Studios, 430 W. Cypress St.,
Glendale, CA 91204
Feature Documentary Movie:
Mandița Trilogy Summary (in Romanian
with English subtitles.)
The event will be in English. Free
snacks and wine.
The event is on Eventtribe. Get your
free tickets there.
Ileana Costea, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge
(CSUN); American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (ARA)
Adrian Stoica, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Guests: Commander Laurențiu Buzenchi ARPIA President (Asociatia Romana pentru
Propaganda si Istoria Aviatiei / Romanian Association for the Propagnda and
History of Aviation), Colonel Cornel Mituț, the movie director of the Mandiata
Trilogy, and Cosmin Dumitrescu, General Consul of Romania in Los Angeles.
event is free but if you wish to make a tax-free donation to the
American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (ARA, non-profit organization)
click here and write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that the
donation will be earmarked for Smaranda Brăescu events in the Los Angeles area.
are looking for volunteers to help us with the events. If you wish to be one or
have someone to recommend write to Ileana Costea at email@example.com
the Romanian community in the Los Angeles area there also is another event (in
Romanian) that will take place at "Presentation of Mary Romanian Catholic
Oaks, CA 91411 Tel.:617-615-2352
Romanian) Hram de pomenire Smaranda Brăescu. Slujba incepe la orele 11:00AM
Duminica 16 Octombrie 2022. O gustare este apoi oferita.
us if you are interested in the story of an extraordinary woman, way ahead of her
time; if you are interested in sports champions; if you are from the field of aviation,
either of skydivers or pilots; or if you just want to understand how a worldrenowned champion was
persecuted by the communist regime.
an aviation delegation from Romania, watch a movie about the life of this extraordinary
woman, skydiver and pilot champion form the 1930’s. Smaranda Brăescu was of
Romanian origin, but is also an American sports champion: she broke the world
absolute (both for men and women) record in skydiving on American soil, near
Sacramento, in 1932, with an American Cesna plane, flown by an American pilot.
This year is the Anniversary of this record broke by Smaranda.
events took and still take place in Romania, Europe and in California (Los Angeles,
Sacramento, Hayward). The Romanian government has declared this year “Smaranda
Romanian aviation delegation is lead by commander Laurentiu Buzenchi, President
of ARPIA Cluj “Smaranda Brăescu”.
courage, perseverance and creative way of approaching a career reserved in those
days to men only, is inspiring. Through the brief presentations at the beginning
of the event, and the documentary movie that will follow you will learn about
the forgotten heroin, Smaranda Brăescu (known to friends and relatives as Mandita).
Brăescu wanted to become a pilot when the aviation was an “only man field”. Her
courage, creativity in approaching situations, and perseverance made her take a
smart detour and first proved herself in skydiving (world female recor in
Baragan field, Romania, 1931, then absolute (both for men and women) skydiging record
Smaranda obtained a pilot license in the USA in 1932, being the first European woman
to do so. She finally reached her career goal making an important achievement
as a pilot in 1936, by crossing the Mediterranean Sea alone, with no stops, in
a single-engine plane. During World War II she volunteers for the sanitary aviation
troops (Escadrila Alba) transporting wounded people from the East front to
hospitals. Convicted to two years in prison for signing with other young people
a letter of revolt against the falsification of the elections in Romania (1945)
who made the communists win, she kept running in her plane, and was never
Brăescu, a woman to be admired and always remembered. A woman way ahead of her
unique inspiring event not to be missed.
can read an article in English about Smaranda Brăescu.
brief article about Smaranda Braescu can be found on Wikipedia in English and a longer one on Wikipedia.ro in Romanian