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[inline: 1=poster fortnight of Roma movies] The Fortnight of Roma movies is, first and foremost, a means for the Roma themselves to acknowledge and promote their culture, and for the general public to discover and become acquainted with a culture that suffers too often from stereotypes.
The event is organised jointly by the DGIII – Roma and Travellers Division, the Dosta! campaign, the DGIV – Division for the European Dimension of Education and the Directorate of Communication and Research, in cooperation with the Odyssée cinema and with the participation of the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) thanks to the financial contribution of the Council of Europe Permanent Representation of Finland.
From the 1st to 14th November 2006 at Cinema Odyssée - Strasbourg
7 movies will be screened each day for the whole period. Three of them will also be screened for a young audience in the morning.
4 special evenings are organised: experts, including members of the Roma communities and the film makers, including Mr. Tony Gatlif will be present throughout the event to lead the debate and answer any specific questions on Roma history and culture or directely linked to the film.
On 7 November; the special evening will include the projection of the movie "Latcho Drom", by Tony Gatlif, followed by a debate animated by Mr. Gatlif and the Prize giving ceremony at the presence of the Council of Europe Secretary General, Mr. Terry Davis, for two competitions: the best synopsis on Roma (competition addressed to French students from Strasbourg) and Dosta! video competition.
A photo exhibition organized within Dosta! campaign is open to visitors at the 1st floor of the cinema Odyssée. The photos have been taken by Sandro Weltin, Council of Europe photographer, during a field visit to Serbia on 24-29 September. The photos will be soon available also through Dosta! photogallery. Special thanks to all the Roma we met in Serbia and who kindly accepted to be part of this project offering their image to Dosta!
List of movies
Devils, Devils (Poland-1991-86 minutes) by Dorota Kedzierzawska with Justyna Ciemny and Pawel Chwedoruk. In 1960s Poland, a Roma Camp along the edge of a small borough provokes the curiosity of its inhabitants – and aggravates them, because it wakes up the nostalgia of another life, of another world...
Swing (France/Romania-2001-90 minutes) by Tony Gatlif with Oscar Copp, Lou Rech and Tchavolo Schmitt. Max, a ten year old boy, discovers a passion for the jazz “manouche.” On holiday with his grandmother in Strasbourg, he goes to a gypsy area to obtain a guitar. Over the summer, Miraldo, a virtuoso musician, will teach Max about the music and culture “manouche.” He will also experience first love through the enigmatic Swing, a girl of his age.
Latcho Drom (France-1992-103 minutes) by Tony Gatlif with Tchavolo Schmitt. Through music, song and dance, the long road and history of the Roma people is evoked.
The time of the Gypsies (Yugoslavia-1988-135 minutes) by Emir Kusturica with Davor Dujmovic, Ljubica Adzovic and Husnija Hasimovic. A young boy and his little sister are raised by his grandmother in a Roma community in southern Yugoslavia. To escape from his life of poverty, he enters into a quick-cash world of crime, including the trafficking of children. He will lose his innocence and his illusions.
The Gypsy Camp Rolls Into the Sky (USSR-1976-96 minutes) by Emil Lotianu with Svetlana Toma and Grigore Grigoriu. Adopted from a story by Maxime Gorki, Emil Lotianu’s film is a musical and coloured fresco, located in Moldova at the beginning of the century and interpreted by artists of the theatre “Romen” of Moscow. With equestrian scenes, songs, dances, love intrigues, and the exaltation of the honour and freedom of the Gypsies, it is a lyrical and poetical expression of the Gypsy heart.
Into the West (Great Britain-1992-100 minutes) by Mike Newell with Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin and David Kelly. Formerly a nomade, Papa Reilly was even regarded as the king of the Irish gypsies. But all changed the day his wife died while giving birth to their second child. He then took up residence in the poor Dublin suburbs, trying to raise his children and drowning his sorrow in alcohol. But one day, Grandfather Reilly visits them, accompanied by a magical white horse.
Who Sings Over There ? (Yugoslavia-1980-90 minutes) by Slobodan Sijan with Paole Vuisic, Dragan Nikolic, Danilo Stojkovic and Aleksander Bercerk. The day before the invasion of Yugoslavia, April 5, 1941, the story of a bus and its passengers in the countryside, including two gypsy musicians: a microcosm of a disillusioned population in a country on the edge of disaster.
Click here for the whole programme and the list of the movies (PDF)