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The future of a language
The future of a language
2012. március 22. | CIJ - Romania
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.
Connect-R:  „First of all, I am Romanian. Gypsy is just a subdivision”.
Connect-R: „First of all, I am Romanian. Gypsy is just a subdivision”.
2012. március 12. | CIJ - Romania
Before becoming a famous rapper, Ştefan Mihalache was just an ordinary Gypsy, born and raised in Dristor. The petty discrimination he suffered as a child and poor teenager taught him that it takes serious determination to get over your ethnic frustrations.
Health mediator
Health mediator
2012. március 2. | CIJ - Romania
Roma communities still have to cope with a lot of problems, that sometime differ from one area to another. There is no health education, there are no statistics related to the health conditions of the Roma people. However, the testimonies of the doctors that have been in contact with the Roma communities show that, in general, it is the lifestyle that influences the health condition. Mothers do not have IDs, therefore neither mothers, nor children have access to medical services, children are not registered, they do not receive any financial assistance, parents don’t have money for medical treatment. Many women refuse to see a doctor during pregnancy because their traditions tell them that supervising the pregnancy or weighing the future mother is bad luck for the child.
Roma from Slough
Roma from Slough
2012. február 22. | CIJ - Romania
Roma communities live in conditions of extreme poverty and social marginalization. Alongside education, employment,and health care, housing and settlement issues are some of the most pressing concerns.
The Real Captain of Costa Concordia
2012. február 14. | kutivili
The ruthless moments of life seem to be far away until something cruel happens to us or to someone close to us. Something what we wouldn’t even imagine in a nightmare. Before he set off the boat trip what thought would be the last one, I had made an interview with my cousin Sándor Fehér. He had [...]
The first history of Roma people from Tismana, written by a woman from The Slum.
The first history of Roma people from Tismana, written by a woman from The Slum.
2012. február 12. | CIJ - Romania
Tismana is a small town at the edge of the Tismana Monastery, behind which it is hidden one of the darkest pages of the Roma history. For centuries, between 1600 and 1800, the monastery was one of the biggest Roma slave owners. References about Roma slave trading from those times can be found only in old documents. After many years, a local, Elena Trîncă Buzneri, decided to gather the sotries of the Roma people. She put them in the book titled „The World and Time since I’ve known them”, rounded and completed by her memories. Thus emerged the first manuscript of the history of Roma people from Tismana.
The Roma wedding
The Roma wedding
2012. február 2. | CIJ - Romania
„The Roma wedding” describes the way in which the Roma buy their wives. An old man tells the story of the way in which the girls were stolen if two Roma were falling in love and the boy’s father didn’t have enough money to pay for the future wife. But, if the girl was payed and she didn’t behave in her new family, if the mother-in-law wasn’t satisfied by her young daughter-in-law, the girl could have been sent back home. But if she was liked by her man and his mother, after one year or two, the girl’s father was giving her the dowry, which sometimes was much more then the money the girl received when she got married. The old man says that also today, some of the Roma buy their wives. And that the price of a girl who is ready to be married is at about several tens of thousands of euros. Depending on the possibilities.
Faces of traditions
Faces of traditions
2012. január 26. | CJI - Románia
Roma craftsmen in Romania meet at fairs. Once hundreds or even thousands, just several tens today, they all have a story to tell. Of a journey and of a tradition, preserved by language and skills, of the proud and free outcasts who would leave everything behind and take on the unexpected.
Memory under the tilt
Memory under the tilt
2012. január 22. | CIJ - Romania
„Memory under the tilt” is the story of a Polish Gypsy who came in Romania with a caravan of carts and settled in Hunedoara County. Although he got used to the steady living and the comfort of a big house, build in the neighborhood of the Gypsy palaces from Hășdat (Hunedoara), the old man kept in his heart the memory of the nomadic life. Moreover, he rebuild, piece by piece, in one of the rooms of his big house, the cart with which he wandered more kilometers than a lot of the modern cars can go. He kept in the wagon the whole trousseau they needed on the road - pillows, blankets – it helped them sleep in the open, protected only by tilt made from fabric. In the memory of that life, the old man painted on the walls of his house scenes in which Roma women were fortunetelling for Romanian women and he carved in marble the image of his wife, near their cart and today the small statue lays in front of his house in Hunedoara.
Alone at Christmas – “This is hell”
Alone at Christmas – “This is hell”
2012. január 12. | Fény
A brother and sister work together to make a special holiday present for elderly people spending Christmas alone. Authors: Amadé Kormos & Szilvia S. Kállai, HUNGARY
 
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