DOSTA! Campaign in Croatia
The Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian Government, in cooperation with the Roma Youth Initiative"Peace" and the Roma community of the town of Kutina organized activities within the Council of Europe campaign Dosta! on 9 December 2016, at the Cinema Europe in Zagreb.
The Dosta! Campaign aiming at combating prejudices against Roma, this year included several activities in the framework of the Human Rights Film Festival, which, among others, point to the cultural identity of a new generation of young Roma. The program was opened by Branko Sočanac, M.A: Director of the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities, who has been recently re-elected as the Chairman of the CAHROM.
A short documentary film "Gorge - Skăldră" is the result of cooperation between the Roma community and the town of Kutina Elementary School Stephen Kefelje Kutina on the heritage of local Boyash Roma - making troughs and other wooden objects. The film, which won the top prize at the Dubrovnik Film Festival for Children and Youth of the Mediterranean and the award of the International Ethno Film Festival Heart of Slavonia - "Special heart of Slavonia", confirms the importance of cooperation, mutual openness and integration of the Roma community with the local community. In addition, the program included "An Audio-visual Dictionary of Boyash Romanian language", the language spoken by local Roma from Kutina. The authors of the project are also Roma community town of Kutina, in cooperation with the Photo Video Club Kutina, primary school Vladimir Vidrića and Technical School Kutina.
There was also an exhibition of Roma Open Museum, involving photos of international artists who are of Roma origin. The exhibition was prepared by the young Roma from Roma Cultural Association Darda, cultural and artistic society fighting against the culture of discrimination.
Members of informal Roma Youth Initiative organized a Living Library, an opportunity to raise awareness of the problems faced by young Roma, but also to hear positive stories.
At the end of the event, there was a discussion on the situation of young Roma and their role in society, the possibilities of integration and maintenance of cultural identity.