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Title The Gypsy Matchmaker / Director: Steele, Ben
Published Australia : ABC2, 2014
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Summary *Adult Themes, Coarse Language**This program contains animal treatment that may concern some viewers*Roma Gypsies are Europe's largest and arguably most persecuted ethnic minority, and it's estimated 250,000 now live in Britain.With political pressure to curb immigration at an all-time high, this is a community under the spotlight. But what does it mean to be a Roma Gypsy? With no state of their own, no government and no written history, the most traditional Roma Gypsies have kept their culture alive by passing down age-old customs from father to son and from mother to daughter.Filmed over three months, with extraordinary access to two traditional Roma Gypsy families living across the Midlands, Manchester and Yorkshire, the film offers a never- before-seen insider view on a community living according to ancient customs. The documentary uncovers the codes these families live by and find a world where arranged marriages for children are commonplace, and 'bride money' is openly negotiated.Witness the challenge for British authorities as they try to intervene, and the fall-out for families who don't accept the rules of their new country. In Oldham we follow Gypsy patriarch Sanko - a man with nine children and fifteen grandchildren - as he searches for a suitable bride for his 14-year-old youngest son. We are with Sanko and his family as they travel within a network of Gypsy families, from Bradford to Bolton, in search of the right girl. We witness complex family negotiations, heated arguments and formal marriage proposals - but one of the brides-to-be is just 13-years old.In Rotherham and Birmingham we see the consequences of marriages that are not recognised by law. We meet a Gypsy patriarch who is responsible for a large family including a 14-year-old girl who is pregnant and living in a Gypsy marriage with his nephew. We are with the family as the police and social services intervene with child protection concerns - and we witness the repercussions on the family.Shocking, surprising and warm The Gyspy Matchmaker takes us into a very different world than the one that perhaps we are used to.PRODUCTION DETAILS:The Gyspy Matchmaker is a Minnow Films production for Channel 4, filmed and directed by Ben Steele
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2015-09-16 at 21:30:00
Notes Classification: M
Subject Child marriage.
Marriage -- Planning.
Romanies -- Intellectual life.
Romanies -- Social life and customs.
Teenagers -- Services for.
Great Britain.
Form Streaming video
Author Steele, Ben, director
Houseman, Rupert, cast