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01/26/2009

The arrival of Ella... & off to Romania

A lucky day: Ella Veres has joined our crew... she wrote to us, and now she has walked in the door and started making good things happen. We are working to get a Romanian version of the film shown at schools, cultural centers, prisons, Romani community halls and more venues in Romania where people may be willing to think differently about the idea of being "Gypsy".
   Ella (aka Mihaela) is an award-winning playwright, a photographer, a writer, a poet and a warm human being. She is also Romanian/Hungarian, and has been in the USA for 11 years.     www.ellaveres.com
   A tale she told when we first met:
   ...When I was about 20 years old, my mother told me by mistake that I was part Romani. I was shocked and didn’t really accept it or think about it because I kept thinking that all Gypsies are dirty and bad. Then one day I mentioned to a friend of mine that Gypsy women are all ugly. He simply replied, “are they?”  It must have been the right moment, because suddenly I started to question the assumptions that I’d had all my life. I thought about my gorgeous aunts... I realized that many of them (of “us”?) are beautiful - and I’m not ugly either! But it is really hard to get rid of the stereotypes from your childhood. They are taking a long time to go away.

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