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03/30/2009

Craiova: I want to be the best Gypsy ever!

Ella: In Craiova one of the inspiring Roma leaders, Romeo Tiberiade, and his assistants joined the American Corner screening. His words about his daughter, a young poet, who longed to be in a highschool with Romanian kids, ignited the conversation and made the students ask questions and share their opinions about Roma people. It reinforced my thought that turning the screening of the Gypsy Caravan into an event by inviting local Roma leaders and intellectuals to converse with the audience helps shattering stereotypes on both sides.
   The next day we presented the film at PS13, the largest school with exclusively Romani students. The principal and faculty were busy organizing the Roma art camp for the weekend of Roma International Day. The children were rehearsing folk dances swirling their gorgeous skirts.
They all stuck out their tongues for our camera at the principal's request, being April Fool's Day. And here's some of what they wrote after seeing the film:


   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.

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