I found out about the existence of Pungesti, a small Romanian village, from anti-fracking activist Maria Olteanu. In 2013, protest movements burst out in Pungești, as well as in the rest of the country, culminating with the hunger strike of Alexandru Popescu after the authorities allowed and encouraged the fracking exploration by the American company Chevron. The brutal repression of the military led to multiple people among the locals being hurt, among which many old, as well as very young persons. At the present time, judicial proceedings are still in course against the farmers who protested. In 2014, I went there with the goal to make a documentary film and I encountered some of the locals and activists, as well as children. They were very shocked by the ruthless attitude of the police, who was encouraging a climate of suspicion. Watch the video here! Fortunately, in the end Chevron didn’t evaluate the fracking exploitation in Pungesti as being profitable enough. More information on fracking in Romania where (illegal and legal) explorations continue to spread.