vide_o_drom. roma & sinti integrative cultural project nominated for Erasmus EuroMedia Award 2009

Award ceremony on 16 October 2009 in Vienna

Roma & Sinti are the largest ethnic minority group in the EU. As a minority group they are confronted with racist discrimination and social exclusion. Mainstream media and right-wing propaganda are often extremely hostile against Roma issues. The project “vide_o_drom” focuses on audiovisual education, media training, active participation and EU-wide networking of Roma & Sinti communities. "Nothing about us without us" is the slogan of the Roma people in Europe. The main goal of the project is to contribute to the closing of the gap between Roma people and the majority population by promoting tolerance and understanding of one another.

For the media project nominated for the Erasmus EuroMedia Award 2009, vide_o_drom used the approach of digital story telling. Young Roma and Sinti in Bulgaria, Austria, Romania and Hungary were introduced by local professionals into how to produce video films. The young people then documented, and commented on, their lives and history by video.

The project started in September 2008 and took place simultaneously in Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria over a total time of 9 months. In June 2009 the outcome of the activities – video productions, film presentations, discussions, exchange, networking – were presented to the public in a 3-day festival.

The films will also be shown at the East Silver 2009 – Central and East European Film Market from 27 October to 1 November 2009 during the International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic.

The project was supported by ERSTE Foundation’s Culture Programme. After the TV documentary "Return to Europe/Balkan Express", which won the Erasmus EuroMedia Award 2008, it is the 2nd project initiated by ERSTE Foundation in a row to be in the race for the prestigious prize.

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