By Hamze Bytyçi
Czech Republic, Germany 2016
Original version with English subtitles
The short documentary film follows Jozef Miker during his protests against a large-capacity pig farm built on the site of the former concentration camp near Lety in South Bohemia in which hundreds of Roma lost their lives under the Nazi regime – including half of Jožka’s wife’s family. While fallen ill after many years of working in coal mines, the protagonist with the nickname Jožka has never lost his persuasive optimism, humour and faith in better society.
Hamze Bytyçi is media and theatre pedagogue, director, performer and member of the International Romani Film Commission. He was born in Prizren, Kosovo. In 2005 he finished the Acting School in Freiburg and moved to Berlin in 2006 after a one-year theatre engagement in Zurich, Swiss. He performs among others at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and Ballhaus Naunyenstraße. Since 2012, he is the chairman of the association RomaTrial, where he works as artistic director of several formats: In 2017 he initiated the AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film, in 2018 he was co-curator of the First Roma Biennale COME OUT NOW! In his own live shows Hilton 437, he brings up social and political topics as deportations from Germany or the discrimination of the Roma minority. In youth projects like Radio Çorel or the international summer film schools Balkan Onions, he supports young Roma people to find their own artistic expression. Since 2016, he is member of the Berlin board of the party Die Linke.
Director: Hamze Bytyci
Cinematography: Milan Durňak
Sound: Veronika Patočková, Andreas Fertig
Musik: Herr von und zu
Editor: Mirja Gerle
Production: Veronika Patočková
SATURDAY, 18:00, with Q&A with the director and protagonists