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12/11/2008

response to the film in Italy

Skye writes: Gypsy Caravan just screened in the Sights for Rights film festival, organised by students of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I wanted to know how it all went, in view of the tensions that have erupted this past year throughout Italy.....

a note from the student organisers:
   Everything went very well, the film ended the Saturday night of the festival and opened up a lot of discussion mostly about the diversity and richness of the Gipsy people. Many of those that saw the film knew nothing about the roots of the Roma people, so I think that from that perspective it was mostly enriching. Then, the part about how the 5 groups collaborated and rediscovered themselves was largely debated, and there was somebody who compared their nomad history with the one Jews had, going from one place to the other and feeling so excluded. But they also touched on the fact that through this International Decade of the Roma Integration maybe more consideration will be given to them and people will be more interested in integrating them, rather then discriminating against them.
     All in all it was a very touching and entertaining night, that made a lot of people reflect on their attitude towards Roma people. In the context of Italy, it was a quite daring thing to show it, as the situation is very negative for them and everybody, especially the authorities, have their eyes set on Gipsies...."

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