Roma in non-fiction film 1939 - 2003
filmscreening series at the OSA ARHIVUM
Thursday 18:00, February 9, 2006
This Is The Track/To Ta Trat (documentary film) (Pavol Korec director, European Culture Organization producer; Slovakia / 2002 / 41 min / Slovak language with English subtitles)
Memories of Roma men who were interned in labor camps in Slovakia during WWII. Of approximately 1,350 Roma who were forced to build a strategic railroad in eastern Slovakia, only seven are alive today.
Thursday 18:00, February 16, 2006
The Lie. 'Compensation' for Gypsies (Sinti) in Germany / Das falsche Wort. Die "Wiedergutmachung" an Zigeunern (Sinte) in Deutschland (Melanie Spitta and Katrin Seybold; FRG, German language; 1987, 85 min)
This documentary deals with the persecution of German 'gypsies' during National Socialism and the reparations after 1945. With the help of newspaper articles, pictures, documents and material assembled by the 'racial researchers' it proves that the persecution of Sinti (and Roma) started as early as 1936, and not - as was later believed - in 1943. After the war, evidence was kept under lock and key in order to prevent or at least postpone reparations. Only in 1981, after Sinti protests, could the files be examined.
Thursday 18:00, February 23, 2006
Kenedi Comes Back Home/Kenedi Se Vraca Kuci (Zelimir Zilnik; Serbia and Montenegro/Multiple language, English subtitles; 2003, 74 min)
This documentary tells the story of Roma refugees and asylum-seekers who left their war-torn country and spent over ten years in Germany. In 2002 the German authorities sent many of these people back to Serbia and Montenegro, believing that there was no longer any reason for them to stay. In the fall of 2002 in Belgrade, Kenedi, working as a cabdriver, meets people who, like him, have been deported. They were woken by the police in the middle of the night, torn from their jobs and schools. Arriving in the former Yugoslavia, they again face a void - just like when they emigrated to Germany. The children, who speak only German and not a word of Serbian, feel out of place in their former native country, turning to the camera to say hello to their German schoolmates. An unusual view from outside the EU borders about the daily fate of refugees and the actual consequences of political decisions and bureaucratic proceedings.
Thursday 18:00, March 2, 2006
The Gypsy Caravan - Lolka & Bolka series (Polish cartoon 6 minutes)
Gypsies (Wladyslaw Slesicki; Poland, original synchronous sound, no commentary; 1961, 30 minutes)
A cinéma-vérité-style documentary that follows a traveling gypsy caravan across rural Poland.
After the screening: The ethnograpic perspective of roma on films
Guest speaker Péter Szuhay, ethnographer
Thursday 18:00, March 9, 2006
What Do Gypsy Children Do? (Pál Schiffer; Hungary, Hungarian language; 1971, 46 minutes)
Do they attend school? Where and in what circumstances do they live? What are their prospects in life, their employment possibilities, in 1971? The film is based on long years of classical sociological research and data collection by various sociologists, among them Ottilia Solt and Istvan Kemény.
After the screening: Gypsies in the people's democracy and in the third republic. Guest speakers: István Kemény and Gábor F. Havas, sociologists; discussion moderated by Zsolt Zádori, journalist.
OSA Archivum - Galeria Centralis
Budapest V., Arany János utca 32.
No entrance fee