For AKE DIKHEA? 2021, we are looking for films that critically reflect upon the lives of Romani people or productions that include Romani professionals. Romani people and organizations can make recommendations for films and Roma and non-Roma filmmakers are invited to submit their films.
Congratulation to the winners of AKE DIKHEA? 2020!
The jury awarded LINDY. THE RETURN OF LITTE LIGHT with the BEST FILM award, the short film LETTER OF FORGIVENESS won the BEST SHORT FILM award, the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD went to LINDY. THE RETURN OF LITTE LIGHT. THE DEATHLESS WOMAN was awarded with the Special Mention by the Jury, the documentary film LETY was awarded with the Special Mention by the Artistic Director of the Festival.
The film was awarded by the jury members Paul Dandos and RebeccaHeiler:
“The film shows a huge courage, personal fragility and an extraordinary transformation not only of just one person, but a whole family. A film which gives a lot of hope, strength and power to Romani communities all over the world.”
“It takes us at a truly emotional journal of a courageous man. It reveals in a very personal and respectful way what it means to be intersectional and to come out in more than one way.”
BEST SHORT FILM:
LETTER OF FORGIVENESS By Alina Şerban 15′, Romania 2020
The film was awarded by the jury member Katalin Barsony:
“A unique film in its form, which presents an unspoken and unheard history of Romani people in Romania. Through the narrative, it brings alive the history of suffering of Romani slaves of the 19th century, so we can better understand our own history. This is a special historical moment when a Romani author creates a historical feature reality, based on a script she has written.”
SPECIAL MENTION BY THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
LETY By Viola Tokárová, František Bikár, Renata Berkyová
60′, Czech Republik 2019
The film was awarded by Hamze Bytyçi:
“There is a place where people were dehumanized not only during the war, but also many years after it – till today! It documents a Roma concentration camp called Lety, where over 300 people, mostly children, were killed. But instead of building a memorial, the Czech state decided to build a pig farm.”
The film was awarded by the jury member Lisa Smith:
“A film with a lot of weight of being both politically and artistically moving. It highlights the need for commemoration and remembrance of the Romani Holocaust victims. It also has a lot of strength in connecting the historical persecution of Romani people with the current day situation.”