The award winning film ‘A People Uncounted’ will be shown on Holocaust Memorial Day in recognition of what was suffered by one of Surrey’s largest ethnic minorities, and its legacy today. This full-length (99 mins) feature film has been nominated for/won five awards internationally since it was made in 2012. Its UK premiere was held at the headquarters of Amnesty International in 2015. Members of Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Foru...m (www.sgtcf.uk/services
) attended this, and the Forum has since bought the right to show the film to public audiences free of charge in the UK. Entry is restricted to adults because of the harrowing nature of the content.
‘A People Uncounted’ tells the story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies - people who have been both romanticised and vilified in popular culture. The Roma have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, most notably the Holocaust genocide where an estimated 500,000 were murdered. This film documents their culturally rich yet often difficult lives, and demonstrates how their present state has been deeply shaped by the tragedies of the past.
Filmed in 11 countries and featuring dozens of Roma - including Holocaust survivors, historians, activists and musicians – ‘A People Uncounted’ brings the Romany history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry, music, and compelling first-hand accounts. As ethnic intolerance flares up in Europe, this film sheds light on this unique culture while presenting the Roma tale as emblematic of the world’s legacy of racism and genocide.
Closer to home, this film presents a powerful and thought-provoking challenge to what the Commission for Racial Equality has described as ‘The last acceptable form of racism’ in our own country. This is particularly significant in Surrey, which has one of the largest Romany Gypsy and Traveller populations in the UK.
Here is a link to the five minute film made with and for Gypsies and Travellers in Surrey to explain about ‘Brighter Futures’: The Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Forum strategy to deliver equality of life chances for the children of their communities www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH6tmuix7Z4
27 Jan 2018 at 11:15am
until 27 Jan 2018 at 1:00pm
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road