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Title The Gypsies of Svinia
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2000
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Ethnographic Video Online    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (55 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1
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
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Apr. 2, 2013)
Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Romanies -- Slovakia -- Svinia -- Economic conditions.
Romanies -- Slovakia -- Svinia -- Social conditions.
Svinia (Slovakia) -- Ethnic relations.
Genre/Form Nonfiction films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author MacDonald, Joe.
Paskievich, John.
Filmakers Library, inc.
National Film Board of Canada.