Iniciativas Culturales DROMA




The Gypsies of Svinia (1998)

Regia:  John Paskievich

Interpreti principali:   Vari

Durata:  95 min 31 sec

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. Just some 300 meters past the last "white" home is "black" Svinia. The Gypsies of Svinia offers an unprecedented look into the everyday lives of the Roma. In a life characterized by decay and despair, the Roma dwell in squalid tenement blocks and in one-room huts made of sticks and mud where they live without clean water or sewage facilities and with little hope of employment. Many "whites" of Svinia, whose homes and gardens are regularly burglarized by the desperate Roma, have lost all patience and sympathy. In terrible fits of rage, some praise Hitler's policy of trying to exterminate them. The Gypsies of Svinia is a portrait of the Svinian Roma community and the firm resolve of Scheffel and the Roma to make things better. Throughout Eastern Europe, the painful transition from communism to democracy has relegated the Roma to the farthest, most grotesque margins of society.