Unrecht und Widerstand
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.