CineRoma at Govanhill International Festival – EVENT POSTPONED

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August, 2019

Queens Park Arena, Glasgow G42 9QL

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Southside Film Festival and Romano Lav present CineRoma, the UK’s first ever Roma film festival, featuring award-winning films from around the world along with UK premieres. The festival, over the weekend of 3-4 August at Queens Park Arena, focuses on Roma people’s live, with films selected and programmed by the young people of the Romano Lav group. All events are unticketed and entry is by donation.

CineRoma is supported by Regional Screen Scotland’s Challenge Fund.

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Part of Govanhill International Festival and Carnival 2019.  1 – 11 August, 2019

Saturday 3 August, 2019

Launch Event & Korkoro

Korkoro (Not Certified – age 12 advised, 111 mins, 2009)
French language with English subtitles
Queen’s Park Arena
4pm -6.30pm
Entry by donation

Upon reaching a town to stop and work the vineyards a Roma family learn that the new Vichy regime forbids them from being nomadic. They must settle in order to evade persecution from the Nazis, but their thirst for freedom makes a sedentary lifestyle difficult to bear. The film is at once a cinematic tribute to the Roma killed in the Holocaust and an ode to life lived freely.

Watch the Film Trailer

The film will be introduced by Romano Lav and Southside Film who will discuss the significance of a Roma film festival and the role of cinema in promoting Roma culture and screen a short film made by Romano Lav group before the film to launch CineRoma.

Sunday 4 August, 2019

Our School (Not Certified – PG advised, 94 mins, 2011)

Romanian language with English subtitles
Queen’s Park Arena
11.30am -1.30pm
Entry by donation

The segregation of Roma in education is sadly a practice that is still prevalent and continues to violate the human rights and hinder the life chances of Roma children across Europe. ’Our School’ is a touching story shot over four years following a group of Roma children involved in a school desegregation project. When their school is desegregated, Alin, Benjamin, and Dana set out for the city school, optimistic for education and new friendships, but their innocent optimism quickly sours when the children are met with low expectations and further isolation.

Taikon (Not Certified – U advised, 90 mins, 2015)

Swedish language with English subtitles
Queen’s Park Arena
Entry by donation

This documentary tells the story of one of the most important and inspiring advocates of human rights in 20th Century Europe, a Roma woman called Katarina Taikon who lived from 1932 to 1995. Despite facing intense racial prejudice, being denied an education and only learning to read in her late twenties, she became a powerful voice in the fight for Roma rights and one of the most widely- read children’s book authors in Sweden. Katarina Taikon’s is a story that needs to be known.

Watch documentary trailer

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Cert 12, 72 mins, 2013)

Romanes/Bosnian language with English subtitles
Queen’s Park Arena
Entry by donation

In this film, made in 2013, we follow the story of Senada and Nazif, a Roma couple in Bosnia who come up against enormous challenges in accessing the healthcare that pregnant Senada desperately needs. This is a deeply moving portrayal of family and love under crushing institutional racism. The film premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Pix.

Watch Iron Picker trailer

Closing Feature: Carmen and Lola

Carmen and Lola (Not Certified – age 12 advised, 103 mins, 2018)
Spanish language with English subtitles
Queen’s Park Arena
Entry by donation

This 2018 Spanish drama film is about two young Roma women who fall in love, incurring the wrath of their community and turning their families against them. Both Carmen and Lola’s lives appear to have been carved out for them by the traditions and the values of their community. But their taboo romance leads them on an unexpected path and allows them to dream of a life beyond the one that has been set out for them.

Carmen and Lola trailer

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