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Original version with English subtitles
“They only take away the criminals,” Zilli Reichmann’s father said when the National Socialists arrested the first Sinti and Roma. Because he was fatally wrong, the 95-year-old Sintizza tells her story today. In the animated short film she tells of the murder of her daughter and family in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, her struggle for survival and the meaning of life after the Holocaust.
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 Balkan Onions international summer film school, 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
Script: Kristóf Horváth
3D Animation: Norbert Oláh
Animation & Illustration: Hannah Stragholz & Simon Steinhorst
Narration: Zilli Reichmann
Sound Design & Sound Mix: Marcus Zilz
Music: Dragan Cordes
Production: Caspar Schleicher, RomaTrial
THURSDAY, 18:00, with Q&A with the team