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In 2010, we went on the road to Hungary, where we traveled round the country for 6 weeks, showing my film GYPSY CARAVAN to Romani (Gypsy) communities and to other people who are traditionally racist about "Gypsies". Tensions have led to acts of violence against Roma: among the places we visited was the village of Nagycsécs, where an innocent couple was shot in their home by passing young men who thought it would be fun to kill a couple of Gypsies.
Along the way, we met Romani artists, mothers, villagers, university students, community organisers, prisoners and musicians; they told us their stories, hopes, and very real struggles...we also ran into Hungarians so moved by what they saw, they decided to help organise screenings!
Everyone agrees -- we can't change things instantly, but talking and a film can help, because it gets people thinking. Strangely simple, but true!
Click here to download audience screening discussion questions (in English and Hungarian)
Click here to download an audience screening questionnaire (in English and Hungarian)
Sample Questionnaire Responses:
It was wonderful. Let's tell them we are people too! - Amina R.
It was interesting. Let us show people that we are honest. - Larisa Z.
At this event I found out very interesting things about my origins. It made me want to become like them. I will try to give a good example to those around me through my behavior. - Leia V. M.
I felt bewildered because I found out new things about myself. - Emanuel M.
I had a lot of fun, as if I was with them. I believe we should be educated so
we wouldn't do bad and ugly things. - Alin V.
I was very glad. I want to be the best Gypsy ever! - Carlitos N.
We can show the real values of Rroma, not just the negative things. This film I think does exactly that, and I think it should be broadcast on national television too.- Alina Gal, Romanian student
I was stunned. I didn't expect that a film would change my opinion about Roma, but it did. The film should be screened more often, to show the other side of Roma. - Ana Ciuclea, Romanian student
I'll try and judge each person by his deeds, I won't generalize based on his ethnicity. - Tania Larisa Gavriloff, Romanian student
It made me realize again that God made us equal and we should not forget this. - Maria Cernatescu, Romanian student
Alone, as one person, you can't do much to change the situation, but together with someone else, projects like this one could be launched to show the values and traditions of Rroma. - Andrada Petanec, Romanian student
Blog posts during Hungarian Outreach 2010
Finally, It Begins!
And the Caravan Rolls on...Bela Bartok Street, Sajokaza, Satoraljaujhely
Dancing in Satoraljaujhely
Citrom - Lemon Life
Bettina is afraid [Hungary]
Bad News continues... Hungary
If Music Be the Food of Life - Szekszard [Hungary]
How do we force Roma out of France - and pretend it is not racist?
The Power of the Word... Szekszard Prison [Hungary]