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.
On Friday, 15 August, an evening called "Hot Chocolate" will take place as part of the Prague Pride festival, focusing on the issue of LGBT people in the Romani community. The event will offer an exhibition of photographs, music, a debate, fortune-telling and a counseling center.
An exhibition of photographs created by those who attended the world's first-ever Romani LGBT workshop will be available for viewing. There will also be art photography on the theme of personal identity curated by Lukáš Houdek.
Phenjalipe is seeking Selection Committee Members for its Working Group. Those interested to be a member of the Selection Committee for the Phenjalipe Working Group should have between 8 and 10 years of international experience on Roma in executive or leading positions. Additional experience on gender equality and Romani women will take precedence. More information on the assessment procedure by the Selection Committee will be sent on request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Strasbourg, 1 August 2014: With a minute of silence at noon beside the Holocaust memorial stone in front of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, the European Forum for Roma and Travellers (ERTF) remembered more than 3,000 Roma exterminated by the German Nazis during the night of 2-3 August 1944 in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.