Finally, It Begins!
This is it! We have hit the road in Hungary and our journey began on Sunday, August 1st in Budapest...
While Gypsy Caravan played at the ERRC summer school, Director Jasmine Dellal had time to sneak out for a few moments and observations:
FYI, I’m actually sitting outside the room of our first screening of the Hungary trip. It’s a lot of Roma young adults who are training to do human rights work. They stood and put their hands on heart as the anthem played.... And have been laughing and dancing and clapping through the film. It’s incredibly rewarding. Of course, this screening is a bit of “preaching to the converted” compared to some others that we have planned (at right wing nationalist organisations), but it still feels worthwhile to see all these guys looking so proud and motivated to speak up for their people. I passed through London yesterday and the front page of the Daily Express had a huge headline GYPSY CHILDREN SENT TO LOOT UK. Can you imagine if Bernie Maddoff’s activities spawned a headline like JEW SWINDLES WORLD. I don’t want to defend the criminals, but I get so angry seeing a whole race tarred with the brush of a few criminals (who then don’t even get the option to go to school or get jobs because their whole race is spurned). Argh.
Anyway, it’s nice to know that things are starting off well.
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