Five children spent almost a whole month in a foster home after having been taken away without a justified decision or a prior warning from their family in Cinkota (near Budapest). Two officials of the guardianship accompanied by 21 policemen arrived at the house of the family late November and took five out of the 13 children. Three of them were collected from various parts of their house and two were taken away from school. One of the protesting mothers and the grandma were handcuffed by the police. The children could return home on 15 December. Authors: Ferenc Papinot & Gyorgyi Retfalvi, HUNGARY
I could totally identify Mari’s role
On the street people recognize her from her role, but Kata Toldi, the female star of the film, Just the Wind has no job- just like before. She lives in a beautiful little town near Budapest with her family, and she raises her daughter alone. People shout „actress" when she goes on the street, but they refuse her when it comes to giving her a job.
The film of Bence Fliegeauf about the series of attacks against the Romas premiered in April 2012 in Hungary and won many international awards. Despite the gloomy atmosphere of the movie, the scene shootings were done in a good mood. They had to reduce the tension, caused by the upsetting subject of the film. Between 2008 and 2009, six people died in series of racially motivated attacks in Hungary. One of the victims of the murders included a six year old boy as well.
Adrian Gaspar, the pianist who merged jazz and manele
Adrian Gaspar is a talent who, at only 24 years old, made already a name on the European jazz scene, proposing the exotic sound of Roma music, inherited from his family. When they discovered his talent, his parents decided to emigrate so their son would have the opportunity of a good education, which Romania could not provide. He studied to become a concert pianist, but his ancestors’ music got a hold of his destiny and turned him towards jazz – the genre of complete musical freedom. In October, Adrian came to Romania to hold a concert and talk to the Roma children from the school in Ştefăneştii de Jos about the importance of education.
The future of a language
While 31,000 Roma children study the language in school, their parents are against any assimilation among dialects. Some call themselves Roma, while others prefer the term Gypsy. The big issue, however, is the future of the language, with more and more youngsters focusing on English rather than Romani.