THE WINNER FILMS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!
JURY AWARD: CZECHS AGAINST CZECHS
During the closing ceremony of the festival, CZECHS AGAINST CZECHS by Tomáš Kratochvíl was announced as the best film of the festival. Eszter Hajdu, the festival jury member said about the film:
"Confronting problems such as the extreme right, Neo-Nazis, hate crimes, structural racism, segregation, isolation, Roma emancipation and identity in Czech society this film succeeds in unfolding the reality that is there."
AUDIENCE AWARD: GYPSY SPIRIT
After every screening, the audience could evaluate the films. GYPSY SPIRIT by Klaus Hundsbichler got the best results from all the festival films! The jury member Jozef Banyák said about this film: "Harri Stojka, the popular Austrian jazz musician, went to India to “look for his roots”. In fact, top on the list of his itinerary was to meet and play with Indian musicians. His intention was to find out how much of his inner musical world has in common with India’s music culture. It’s interesting to observe how quickly he was able to musically connect with bands foreign to him."
AKE DIKHEA? FESTIVAL OF ROMANI FILM
Moviemento, Berlin, Germany
An international festival of Romani film on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the inauguration of the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism in October 2017 in Berlin. It presents Berlin, Germany and Europe from the perspective of Romani people: Which topics are important, how do we see ourselves, how do we want to be seen?
After numberless projects which “give the Romani people the space for their own stories” we are going to turn the tables: We don’t want to be thankful for getting a voice. We want to create our own space and decide by ourselves about the content and forms of the film events.
GREETINGS: Artistic Director & Patron of AKE DIKHEA?
Bahtalo dive, Romalen,
dear friends of good films,
I am very pleased to present you the brochure of the very first edition of the Festival of Romani film AKE DIKHEA?As a member of the International Romani Film Commission and as someone who works in front of, as well as behind the camera, I know about the power of images. The name says it all: AKE DIKHEA? Which means: WELL, CAN YOU SEE? It's time to change perspectives and to call for equality. Our film festival is unique because Roma from all over Europe have submitted films for the festival program, and because the people to decide over the film selection are Roma filmmakers* in majority.
It may happen that you know less about Roma after the festival than before. And perhaps that’s for the best: you will see filmsa bout individual people and about being human, not about an alleged group, not about Roma.
With that in mind, I would like to wish us all stimulating screenings and great entertainment!
Roma and Sinti have been part of European society for centuries and they, like everyone else, participate in shaping European culture. Yet, to date, literature, films, and other media portray Roma and Sinti insufficiently and in a stereotypical manner. Unfortunately, until this day, films are being shot that do not fulfill the right to prejudice-free and equal treatment.
The Festival of Romani Film AKE DIKHEA? shows that there is another way. The festival brings films to the foreground that critically reflect and deconstruct anti-Romani cliches and dedicate themselves to telling stories of individuals before telling stories of Roma. With this, AKE DIKHEA? is setting a standard. I wish all visitors a wonderful time with the very versatile film program and good luck to the festival's organizers!
Dr. Klaus Lederer
Senator for Culture and Europe, Patron of AKE DIKHEA?