Mesa redonda: Unrecht und Widerstand y Der offene Blick

Round table: Unrecht und Widerstand and Der offene Blick

As part of the retrospective devoted to Peter Nestler, this round table goes with the double bill made up of Unrecht und Widerstand [Injustice and Resistance] and Der offene Blick [The Open View], dealing with the different forms of resistance by German and Austrian Sinti and Roma people over the last eighty years and their stubborn striving for dignity and justice.

This public round table will feature the film-maker Peter Nestler, the curator of the retrospective Lucía Salas and the coordinator of Gaz Kaló, the federation of gypsy associations of Navarra, Ricardo Hernández.

The event is open to the public and free. Invitations can be collected here.


Unrecht und Widerstand
Peter Nestler
Germany-Austria, 2022, 113 min, HD, colour, German

For more than eight decades, German Sinti and Roma have experienced injustice. This film tells the story of Romani Rose's family, their resistance and their insistence on justice. It is the painful story of a minority between trauma and self-assertion, which suffered violence and official harassment throughout the post-war period up to the present day and was only recognized thanks to the civil rights movement. For Roma and Sinti who survived the genocide, exclusion, poverty and official harassment were part of everyday life. The Porajmos, the genocide of the minority, was not officially recognized until 1982. In this film Peter Nestler describes the long way out of lawlessness and discrimination into the civil rights movement. Their tireless commitment testifies to civil courage and a sense of citizenship, to their resolute commitment to the coexistence of different cultures and to a forward-looking understanding of democracy. The film works with archive material and commentaries and is framed by a conversation with Romani Rose about his family history and his experiences as a civil rights activist.

Der offene Blick
Peter Nestler
Germany-Austria, 2022, 101 min, HD, colour, German

Der offene Blick is the second film in the diptych on the forms of resistance from the Roma and Sinti people. The film focuses on the rich work of various artists who throughout history have expressed their personal experiences in rich and open ways through writing, painting, film and music, using their work as a form of cultural celebration and remembrance but also of revolt. Rosa Gitta Martl and her daughter Nicole Sevid read short texts in memory of the people who died in the Upper Austrian "Gypsy camp" of Weyer. Apart from a series of 32 colour slides photographed in 1941, there are no other remembrances of these people. The film highlights the work of artists from the past and the present. It commemorates the work of Ceija Stojka (1933-2013), an Austrian writer, painter, singer, activist and survivor of the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen, whose work expresses revolt and resistance. Film-maker friend Karin Berger recalls her work, which had a great influence on other Roma and Sinti. Spanish-born painter Lita Cabellut works across media, using painting, video and dance to address social issues such as discrimination. The strength of her work is expressed in the film. She talks about her work as an art director for a film about Carmen Chaplin, about the presumably Roma background of her world-famous grandfather. Film scholar Radmila Mladenova discusses the relationship between cinema and photography and the portrayal of racist stereotypes, for example in an early film by D. W. Griffith or László Moholy-Nagy, and offers an alternative perspective seen, for example, in photographs that show other ways of portraying the Sinti and Roma in a more just and egalitarian way. The film is accompanied by the music of the orchestra Roma und Sinti Philharmoniquer, which brings together musicians from all over Europe to talk about their experiences with music. In recent years, things have changed for the better for the artists. For example, the Kai Dikhas Gallery and Foundation, under the direction of Moritz Pankok, offers artists a continuous forum to develop and exhibit their work.

Mesa redonda: Unrecht und Widerstand y Der offene Blick
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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