Call for film makers! SUBMIT A PROPOSAL! First proposal is a Film by Zoran Tairovic, titled 4 seasons - Bodvalenke (working title)
Our project – this film – is about the Roma village with living Roma art in contrast with the dire poverty of the villagers. Bódvalenke is tiny village in North Hungary, with an 85% Roma population in dire poverty, Synopsis The film is a cavalcade of vigorous emotions and culture. It provides a clear view of the events genuinely taking place in Bódvalenke in the disadvantaged North-East of Hungary. It is a drama about European Roma, about Hungarian Gypsies (called Romungro – a Roma community that has lost its mother tongue). It is the aesthetics of passion, dreams and fears. The process is followed through all four seasons. It is the characteristic music, the eternal desire for a nomadic way of life, their dreams of their ancient homeland – archetypical symbolic values – that have to make the specific character of Bódvalenke perceptible. Bodvalenke is an (almost fully) Roma village in the back of beyond, sunk in dire poverty, which has gained renown through the efforts of Roma artists, who painted beautiful, gigantic murals on the walls of the houses. This film is about this village, or about mankind, as the drop of water is the ocean. The Roma painters paint their views, ideas on the life of the Roma, coinciding with their destiny, entity and active lives. Forms of folk art, embedded symbols and modernity reflecting the drama of ethnic conflicts and the deepening of misunderstandings between the young and the old. One can smell the scent of anger, pain and love. An idyll, compared to the surrounding world, with acts of anti-Ziganism in almost every European country and the rise and activities of neo-Nazi movements everywhere. In parallel, we present aspects of atypical Roma life style and culture also in the mammoth city of Budapest through the particular victory of a family stemming from Bódvalenke. They see themselves as a family fully integrated in the modern world. They brought their otherness to Budapestwith them, turning it to advantage through hard work and learning. One of the sons is a painter…The analogy is their almost severed family ties with Bódvalenke – the drama of the interaction of the two models. It should also be noted that there are no positive examples of the middle and higher class Roma in the Roma ghettoes. In this film we distinguish poverty and Roma identity and culture, and present them both. The manager of the Bódvalenke project invites the young painter to return to the village of his father, to paint a mural – and he agrees. The main character of the film is this Roma painter, a highly educated man of the middle class, for whom the poverty and life style of the locals is almost as alien as for the “majority”. It is through his eyes that viewer gets to know the village and its inhabitants: their desperate and cunning efforts at making ends meet, their hopes and frustrations, their endless capability of happiness and their drama.When the painter arrives in the village, a government re-housing program is in progress. There is a great deal of tension in the village – decisions have to be made about who is to participate in the program, whose house the program is going to buy, who will be whose neighbour – matters of life and death for this small community. The painter is imbued by his experiences in the village. There is a thirst for learning of other cultures, of the world – and for giving a chance to the world to genuinely learn about the Roma. We intend to open the Roma issue in a novel way, presenting the different levels of social life in Roma communities, and their diversities.
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