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Hungarian film highlights Roma persecution


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Hungarian film highlights Roma persecution

A film inspired by real-life attacks on Hungary’s Roma community had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday.

‘Just the Wind’ stars an amateur Roma cast and
tells the story of a family living in fear following the murder of other Romani people from the neighbourhood.

The film’s director, Bence Fliegauf, told euronews that officials back home were angry because his film does not show Hungary in a good light.

“If you can make this kind of film, it certainly shows that your country is a republic and you’re living in a democracy,” added Fliegauf.

The festival winner will be announced on Saturday.

“There’s no clear favourite to win the Berlinale,” said Euronews correspondent Wolfang Spindler in Berlin. “But ‘Just the Wind’ is certainly a contender, putting the discrimination facing Hungary’s Roma community firmly in the spotlight,” added Spindler.

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