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Title Mundi romani : the world through Roma eyes.

Published Budapest : Romedia Foundation, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 6 videodiscs : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
polychrome rdacc
Contents DVD 1. Trapped ; Children of Selita -- DVD 2. Last days of Sulukule ; Lashi vita -- DVD 3. Voices of Jerez ; Roma woman campaign -- DVD 4. Szendrölád confessions ; Granada, the Maya family -- DVD 5. Requiem for Auschwitz concert, November 6, 2012 -- DVD 6. Uprooted : children's perspectives on Europe's repatriation policies.
Summary Trapped : Mitrovica is the sparking point of many Balkan wars, an ethnically divided town in northern Kosovo where the country's independence from Serbia is a victory in the south, an illegal aberration in the north. The town is also the scene of the gravest public health disaster in modern Europe. In northern Mitrovica, hundreds of Roma have been trapped for 9 years in refugee camps built by the UN administration in Kosovo on the tailing sands of the biggest lead mine in Europe, next to a toxic slagheap of 100 million tons. In these camps, if the children don't die by the age of six, they will have irreversible brain damage for the rest of their short lives. Mundi Romani reports from Mitrovica, Pristina, Skopje and Belgrade and provides an insight into the ethnic, economic and health dimensions of the current situation. Trapped between the fires of Albanian and Serbian nationalism and ignored by international organizations, the Roma, a formerly properous minority in Tito's Yugoslavia, remain the forgotten people of the newest country of Europe.
Children of Selita: Children of Selita was shot in Tirana and Durres, during August of 2009. Our crew follows the remarkable story of eight children rescued from the streets by an illiterate Roma businesswoman of outstanding courage. Albania is one of Europe's poorest nations. Many children, both Roma and Albanian must resort to begging on the streets in order to survive. While stories of the trafficking, prostitution and forced labor of Albanian children are well known, the harsh reality of street children is vastly underreported. Tina, Esperanza, Shakira, Jorgo and several others live in Tirana's Selita neighborhood, where the unemployment rate exceeds 80% and Roma live separated from Albanians in dire poverty.
The last day of Sulukule : For a thousand years, the Roma neighborhood of Sulukule in Istanbul's Old City was world famous for its unique cultural, dancers and musicians. In recognition of its historical and cultural importance, UNESCO named Sulukule a World Heritage Site; this however did not stop the Turkish government from demolishing the neighborhood in 2008. “The Last Days of Sulukule,” was shot in the final weeks before bulldozers destroyed the historic district. The documentary offers a look into the now demolished community, exploring Sulukule's amazing music, people, and the complex mechanisms which lead to the destruction of minority cultures based on the interests and power of city developers and short sighted public officials. The documentary chronicles the all too common story of human and cultural destruction at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
Lashi vita : “Lashi Vita” means “beautiful life” in the hybrid mixture of Italian and Romanes spoken by Italy's Roma immigrants. This news documentary was shot in August and September of 2008 and follows the shocking story of Roma in Italy. In 2007, the murder of an Italian woman by a Roma immigrant sparked an unprecedented wave of anti Roma hate speech, xenophobic policies and racially motivated violence reminiscent of the darkest days of European history. Roma Journalist Katalin Barsony reports from Naples to Rome, covering an explosive situation in which EU legislation on human rights seems to have become irrelevant and freedom of information is under threat as the television crew is arrested by police in Rome. This film, shot in one of the oldest and largest democracies in the EU, raises serious questions the strength of Europe's commitment to democracy, rule of law and protection of human rights.
Voices of Jerez : Jerez de la Frontera is an Andalusian city famous for its long-standing flamenco tradition. Here the young daughters, grand-children, nieces and nephews of greatly respected flamenco artists have formed Soniquete, a band that has an album out already and plays "a little pure flamenco from Jerez and a little flamenco that's there in the street, the kind that people our age like." Soniquete started out as the idea of Carlos González Pantoja, who started up a workshop for the young talents of Jerez and who is their dedicated tutor and artistic manager. And it now turns out that the artists of Soniquete Dolores, Fernando, Manuel, Reyes, Manuela or Angela are going to be the 'teachers' of the new students who wish to perpetuate the spirit of the particular style of Jerez flamenco.
Roma woman campaign : In the past two years, Eastern Europe has seen the spread of extremist paramilitary groups marching through towns and deadly attacks against Roma, including children, by terrorist groups. In Western Europe, crisis after crisis show that social cohesion is crumbling under the weight of the economic and social crisis, which hits minorities hardest. In July 2010, a Roma youth was shot dead by police in France, leading to riots and mass expulsions. It became necessary for Roma to speak out and get the message through that "the Roma love their children too". Who can get this message across better than Roma women? The I'm a Roma Woman - I'm a European Woman - I'm a Woman campaign started in 2009 with the release of the first I'm a Roma Woman video, which led to a second one in 2010 and to the development of the interactive website, under construction. It is based on the proposition that transformative films and videos do not simply illuminate peoples' plights and struggles but they are tales of oppression and liberation that speak to every minority that feels belittled, denigrated and denied.
Szendrölád confessions : How can a young boy get from a class for the "mentally disabled" to university? "Diligence and persistence," says one of Hungary's most promising Roma leaders, in whose steps a group of assertive, confident, and successful Roma students are growing up. Olgi, Józsi, Amanda, Ádam, and Zsanett, children of Szendrőlád's Roma community, stand a good chance of obtaining higher education thanks to regular concern and strong guidance. The Bhim Rao Association fights for social change by providing a path out of deep poverty using comprehensive educational programs. A story of innovative ideas, sustainable development, European supported programs, and the blossoming of a group of young Roma intellectuals in Szendrőlád.
Granada, the Maya family : This documentary is the last film shot of the world's most innovative and influential flamenco dancer Mario Maya. Mundi Romani travels to Granada in Andalusia, Spain, to discover the amazing world of the Gitanos (Spanish Roma) through the unique story of the Maya family. The film explores the little known history of flamenco, an art form of the marginalized inspired by centuries of persecution that eventually lead Spanish Roma to lose knowledge of their language. Amidst adversity and exclusion, the Maya story explores genius, perseverance, empowerment and beauty.
Uprooted : Going back and forth between Germany and Kosovo, Uprooted brings the voice of Romani youths into the debate on immigration in Europe. In October 2010, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed". From the perspective of children like Anita, Sedat and Nasmija, born and raised in Germany by parents who had fled Kosovo in the 1990s, the statement makes no sense. For them, there is no question: they are German.
System notes DVD.
Language notes In Hungarian, Spanish with English subtitles.
Local note Lenton Parr Library copy donated by Nicolette Freeman, 2011.
Other author Romedia Foundation, production company.
Subject Romanies -- Europe.
Romanies -- Crimes against -- Europe.
Romanies -- Europe -- Social conditions.
Romanies -- Europe -- Social life and customs.
Romanies -- Economic conditions.
Romanies -- Education -- European Union countries.
Romanies -- Civil rights -- European Union countries.
Romanies -- Italy.
Romanies -- Spain.
Romanies -- Hungary.
Romanies -- Albania.
Romanies -- Germany.
Romanies -- Serbia -- Kosovo.
Documentary films.
Concert films.
Local donor Freeman, Nicolette. Donor.