A People Uncounted tells the true story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies—a people who have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture and who have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, including an estimated 500,000 who were murdered in the Holocaust.A People Uncounted documents their colorful but often difficult lives, including how their present state has been shaped by the tragedies of the past.
People from a range of backgrounds across the city were invited to a day of traditional song, music and dance at the New Olympus Theatre on Saturday, 23 August 2014.Roma people from across the country descended on the Barton Street venue to celebrate their folklore, which is often the subject of vilification and prejudice.Martin Feco, a spokesman for United Roma Gloucester, which hosted the event, said: “This is all about the Romany culture, integration and to get English people to know more about that culture, what kind of music we are into and what traditions we have.
For three years, a film crew followed the trial of four members of a Hungarian criminal gang accused of a series of racially motivated murders of six Roma, including children. It took more than a year just to apprehend the culprits, and the case dragged on, mainly because of a lack of evidence and gross police misconduct. The judicial hearings on this unprecedented and bloody series of murders started March, 2011 in Budapest, and ended on 6 August 2013. The film traces the fate of three Roma families who trust the judicial system to give them closure.
LIVES, a film journey of one young Askali man’s quest to understand why the life expectancy of his people is so much shorter than that of their neighbors, had its premier 20 August at DokuFest, the prestigious international film festival that has become an institution in Prizren, Kosovo. The search for answers looks particularly at livelihood, environmental conditionals, diet, smoking and early marriage- aiming both for action from institutions and from people themselves to make positive changes.