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Ake Dikhea? Can you see?

This year, the festival addresses the audience with the same big question. The team of RomaTrial e.V. invites international filmmakers, cinemaniacs and interested people of diverse cultural, social and educational backgrounds to get together for a great selection of Romani Films. AKE DIKHEA? asks every Romnja, Sintizze, Roma, Kale, Kalderash, Sinti, Lovara, Lalleri, Ursari, Beasch, Manouches, Ashkali, Aurari, Romanichals, Droma, Doma, Gypsies, Travellers and other Romani groups of Europe for their perspective: How do you see yourself, what kind of stories do you feel represent yourself?

Therefore, the festival opens up the dialogue between artists & the variety of Romani groups, but also between Romani and non-Romani people. In that sense the festival’s central topic is not only to make the unseen be seen, but also to encourage exchange and dialogue.

This blog wants to mirror this open structure. Out of multiple perspectives it will accompany, document, and comment AKE DIKHEA? The blog team provides the festival community with interviews, photos, podcasts, and further impressions of AKE DIKHEA? 2018.  Moreover, the blog’s self-conception as a forum follows the festivals motto of this year #EUROMA4EVER. The festival’s program reveals, along with the visiting the cinema, you are invited to workshops, discussions, watch films outside of the screening room, and of course have a party with us. We want to know, how diverse the experiences of the festival will be – for that, we need your eyes, ears and voices.

All festival guests are warmly invited to contribute to the blog, with an article or comment, for example. Send your contributions to blog@roma-filmfestival.com.

The opening of the blog will be provided by our jury members Éva Kalla, Artur Conka, Candis Nergaard, Katalin Gödrös, and Pablo Vega. In short video interviews they tell us of their search for new narratives and why their perspectives are essential to not only the film industry, but also the whole media landscape. Furthermore, they will give insights on certain difficult situations filmmakers find themselves in, while explaining, why film is the best medium for finding an autonomous language, telling individual stories, and enabling new perspectives.

“In the media landscape, a self-determined and authentic imagery must finally prevail with regard to the Roma. A language of film that is already understood by other groups a a given.”

Hamze Bytyci – Artistic Director of the festival

Enjoy!

your blog team

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