Director: Bob Entrop / Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Germany / 2013 / 85m / Languages: English, German, Polish, Romanes / Subtitles: Dutch, English / Cast: Orhan Galjus
Selection: 2013 Movies that Matter FF, Zagrep F of Tolerance
This beautifully told and stylish road movie, follows Roma radio reporter Orhan Galjus, born in Kosovo, along with filmmaker Bob Entrop through Germany, Poland and Kosovo. As they try to discover why the Sinti and Roma people kept silent about the genocide committed on their people during World War II after nearly half a million of them were murderded. Through wonderful images we as the audience experience their unique encounters with Roma communities across Europe. We witness interviews with German Sinti that survived the horrors of Auschwitz. We see unknown commemorative sites in Poland. As the story evolves, the inner drama of the protagonist Orhan develops. His engaging personality makes him a compelling narrator, who is able to continue to captivate the viewer. Step by step, Orhan finds that this part of history of the Sinti and Roma has become somewhat a hidden treasure. He discovers fears that future generations may become alienated from their roots.