October 2014, arsenal cinema

On the Edge – Sinti and Roma in Contemporary European Film


For centuries, the Sinti and the Roma have been an object of projection for foreign attributions and self-reassurance mechanisms. Numerous current films offer new perspectives on Europe's largest minority. What answers does contemporary European cinema find in terms of form and content? Thematic and film aesthetic implications are to be taken up with respect to individual countries by guests from politics, academic and the film industry and discussed accordingly. Five current fiction and documentary films portray a dynamic, often highly contrasting picture.

In the documentary NEWO ZIRO / NEUE ZEIT (Robert Krieg, Monika Nolte, Germany 2012, 2.10.), the younger Sinti generation in Germany attempts to find a balance between continuity and adaptation. The filmmakers manage to capture this ambivalence between the images.
An evening of two films and an introduction in English takes place on 9.10. ROMA QUIXOTE (Petya Nakova, Nina Pehlivanova, Bulgaria 2013) focuses on a couple in a divided Bulgarian village who have worked their way out of an adverse situation and shows the role of religion in this Roma community.  
In THE GYPSY VOTE (Jaroslav Vojtek, Slovakia 2012), Vlado Sendrei transforms himself into an activist for cultural and social programs and becomes an election candidate. His wife believes that his activities are directed against the values of the Roma. Tensions ensue.  
The film epic PAPUSZA (Joanna Kos-Krause, Krzysztof Krause, Poland 2013, 16.10.) is the true story of Papusza – the first Roma woman to publish poems and thus challenge the traditional image of the woman in the Roma community. The film shows her life in Poland before, during and after the Second World War. (cs)
An event by the Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin.