Racism against Sinti and Roma - Past and Present

Flames of God

Meshakai Wolf
France, Macedonia, USA 2011 | 65 Min.
Lan­guish­ing in pover­ty and obscu­ri­ty, the Roma-Gypsy poet and song­writer Muzafer Bislim is trying his best to raise a family, com­pile a hand-writ­ten dic­tio­nary of a threat­ened lan­guage, write tran­scen­dent … read more

Just the Wind

Bence Fliegauf
Hungary 2012 | 87 Min. | OmeU
News quick­ly spreads of the murder of a Romany family in a Hun­gar­i­an vil­lage. The per­pe­tra­tors have escaped and nobody claims to know who might have com­mit­ted the crime. For … read more

Our School

Miruna Coca-Cozma, Mona Nicoara
Romania, Switzerland, USA 2011 | 94 Min. | OmeU
In 2006, the Roman­ian town of Târgu Lăpuş received fund­ing from the Euro­pean Union to intro­duce inte­grat­ed (deseg­re­gat­ed) school­ing, in other words to found a joint school for Roma and … read more


Philip Scheffner
Germany 2012 | 106 Min.
On June 29, 1992, a farmer in Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern dis­cov­ers two bodies in a grain field. Inves­ti­ga­tions turn out that the dead are Roman­ian cit­i­zens, both Roma refugees. They got shot … read more

Roma Invasion

Ein Film von und mit 35 Roma-Jugendlichen

Germany 2012 | 16 Min.
In late summer of 2012 35 young Roma from refugee homes in Freiburg spent a hol­i­day week on the North Sea island Wangerooge. ROMA INVASION sums up their activ­i­ties: music … read more

Zigeuner sein
(Att vara zigenare)

Peter Nestler
Sweden 1970 | 47 Min.

In the Romani lan­guage, Roma means “people.” This film lends a voice to these people, who tell of how they were arrest­ed and locked up in camps and pris­ons, and how 90 per­cent of their fam­i­lies never returned from the death camps. They speak in dialects from Bur­gen­land, Bavaria and Saxony. They live in des­o­late bar­racks on the fringes of cities, where ten people share a room with damp walls. The chil­dren are sick all winter long. Peter Nestler adds more facts with his dark low voice. A camp employ­ee describes his visit to the “gypsy camp” in Birke­nau, which shocks even him (despite his “thick skin”). At the end of the film, a woman wisely and pre­cise­ly sums up all the injus­tice done to these people: It isn’t that they haven’t let them­selves be assim­i­lat­ed in 600 years – no, they haven’t been allowed to be assim­i­lat­ed, up to this very day. Peter Nestler doesn’t try to water this down, either in nar­ra­tive or film. His mile­stone doc­u­men­tary is not only straight­for­ward, but the first to bear wit­ness to the per­se­cu­tion of Sinti and Roma in Ger­many and Austria.