World Cultures on video: Roma

Roma or Gypsies are among the most historically persecuted ethnic groups in Europe. Stereotyped as thieves and con men, Rom groups still find it difficult to peacefully exist in many towns, particularly in Eastern Europe. Yet there is much to admire in their fascinating culture. Their traditional music and dance can be simultaneously joyful and haunting. Their devotion to their extended families, their nomadic lifestyles, and their pride and resilience in the face of humiliating discrimination are essential elements to their character.

Media Services has several very good documentaries and feature films on this intriguing but often secretive group.

American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody’s Land VHS 7478
Latcho Drom VHS 6510
Porraimos: Europe’s Gypsies in the Holocaust VHS 7464
The Romany Trail VHS 3270
Suspino: A Cry for Roma VHS 7428

Feature Films
Black Cat, White Cat VHS 6547
Gadjo Dilo= Crazy Stranger VHS 7076
Time of the Gypsies VHS 5751
Vengo DVD 972


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