The Gypsies of Svinia

Moved by a sense of outrage, David Scheffel, a Canadian anthropologist, is determined to help the impoverished Roma (Gypsies) rebuild their community in Svinia, a village in Eastern Slovakia. So-called "white" Svinia is a picturesque, typical Slovak village with well-kept homes, gardens, a...

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Main Author: MacDonald, Joe
Corporate Authors: Filmakers Library, inc, National Film Board of Canada
Other Authors: Paskievich, John
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York, NY Filmakers Library 2000, 2000
Series:Ethnographic video online, volume 1
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Collection: Ethnographic Video Online Vol. 1 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:Moved by a sense of outrage, David Scheffel, a Canadian anthropologist, is determined to help the impoverished Roma (Gypsies) rebuild their community in Svinia, a village in Eastern Slovakia. So-called "white" Svinia is a picturesque, typical Slovak village with well-kept homes, gardens, a store and a school. A little past the last "white" home is "black" Svinia, where life is characterized by decay and despair. The Roma dwell in squalid tenement blocks or in one-room huts without clean water or sewage facilities and little hope of employment. "White" Svinia despises the Roma who, in desperation, regularly burglarize their homes and gardens. Some "white" praise Hitler's policy of trying to exterminate the Roma. This powerful film gives an unprecedented look at a degraded ethnic group right in the middle of Europe, and the efforts being made to improve their lot
Item Description:Title from resource description page (viewed Apr. 2, 2013)
Physical Description:1 online resource (55 min.)