PHRAL MENDE – ABOUT US

By Tayo Awosusi-Onutor 
Germany, 2017
45’

Original version with English voiceover

PHRAL MENDE – ABOUT US is not a film about Sinti* and Roma*, but a multiple voices selfportrait. In biographical interviews, Romnja and Sintizze personalities like Anita Awosusi, Fatima Hartmann or Ilona Lagrene speak with the director Tayo Awosusi-Onutor über civil-rights activism, commemoration culture and everyday racism. On the basis of their perspectives and individual experience, a lively potrait of Sinti* and Roma* in Germany comes into existence, which opposes stereotypical perception.

 

Tayo Awosusi-Onutor is a singer, writer, director, political activist and mother. She lives in Berlin. She defines herself as Afro-Sintezza. She sings in English, German and Romanes language and works also as dubbing actor and singer. She studies German language and literature and Multimedia. She is board member of feministic Romani archive RomaniPhen e.V. where she is responsible for PR and member of the Roma women initiative IniRromnja. In 2017 she made the documentary PHRAL MENDE – ABOUT US about perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany.

Director: Tayo Awosusi-Onutor
Cinematography: Ben Schmidt
Editing: Ben Schmidt
Music: Ferenc Snétberger
Subtitles & Dubbing: SIn2
Sound: Somuchstyle Productions
Production: Tayo Awosusi-Onutor
Transcripts: Ekpenyong Ani
Additional Voices: Ingrid Arthur, Michelle Owens, Marlin Monroe Williford, Hajdi Barz, Tayo Awosusi-Onutor

SUNDAY, 16:30, special screening after panel discussion at ORi