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
Q&A with:
Mona Nicoara
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

Revision

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 by hunters while trying to tres­pass the Euro­pean border. The hunters state to have them mis­tak­en for boars. Four years later the trial com­mences. Which hunter fired the deadly shots can never be proven. The sen­tence is one of acquit­tal… dpa reports: „no one from Roma­nia was present“.

The court files show the names and address­es of Grig­ore Velcu and Eudache Calder­ar. But their fam­i­lies didn’t know about any trial at all. Nearly 20 years later, Philip Scheffn­er car­ries out the painstak­ing inves­ti­ga­tion that never took place back then. He inter­ro­gates wit­ness­es, inves­ti­ga­tors as well as experts, and first of all the vic­tims‘ fam­i­lies in Roma­nia, whom no one ever had cared about. His dili­gent han­dling of mate­r­i­al and reports cre­ates a web of land­scapes, rec­ol­lec­tions, case files and German polit­i­cal sen­ti­ment all of an increas­ing­ly oppres­sive complexity.

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.
Q&A with:
Silvio Peritore
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 … read more