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Everyday Life of Roma Children from Block 71

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by Ivana Todorovic
color, 21 min, 2006

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There are 600 squatter settlements in Serbia, the inhabitants of which are mostly of Roma origin. Of these, 105 are in Belgrade with seventeen more in New Belgrade. Here, Ivana Todorovic documents the life of the Stankovic family who migrated from Southern Serbia in search of better opportunities. Provided with few social services, their living conditions are rough and the children work to help support their family.

An intimate window into Serbian Roma culture, the documentary sheds light on the intricacies of Roma customs and their amalgamation of cultural influences - from Roma and Serbian culture to Hispanic pop-culture. Remarkably resilient, funny and optimistic, the children speak openly about their hopes and dreams, including educational opportunities from which they are often excluded. Charming and informative, the documentary brings an alternative and very human view of the often-beleaguered and impoverished Roma.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Best Short Film, Human Rights Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2007
Golden Wheel, Fourth Roma Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 2006
Third Prize, OFFAF, 19th International Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 2006
Special Jury Award, International Film Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, 2006
Gottingen International Film Festival, Gottingen, Germany, 2006
Viscult Film Festival, International Festival of Visual Culture, Joensuu, Finland, 2006
International Film Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006
Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, Tartu, Estonia, 2006
"Eyes and Lenses IV" International Ethnographic Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2006
International Documentary Film Festival, Volda, Norway, 2006
Balkan International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2006
CRONOGRAF, International Documentary Film Festival, Moldova, 2007
Montreal Human Rights Film Festival, Canada, 2007
Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival of Ethnographic Film, UK, 2007
London International Documentary Film Festival, 2007
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TV Broadcasts
Community Channel, UK, 2013

Related Resources
Video: Joining voices: Ivana Todorovic at TEDxAUK

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