Opre Roma: Gypsies in Canada
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Dir. Tony Papa and Prod. Gillian Darling Kovanic
color, 48 min, 2000
This documentary celebrates the vibrant culture and tenacious struggle of the Gypsy. There is a new generation of Roma who claim their Gypsy roots with pride, while fighting the myths that caused their parents to live in fear. They call themselves by their rightful name, the Roma. Since the Roma people fled India in the 11th century, the have suffered almost a thousand years of persecution - from European Slavery to the Holocaust - yet they have survived as a unique global culture.
This fascinating documentary tells the history of the Roma and explores their music and culture borne out of centuries of exile. Opre Roma invites you to a traditional wedding and to an evening of flamenco dance, with songs from Turkey, Romania, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia that relate a shared experience telling the story of what it means to be Roma.Related Films Everyday Life of Roma Children from Block 71 Roma Stories T'an Bahktale: Roma (Gypsies) In Russia