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Roma Rights

Life 5 - Roma Rights
The Roma have an exotic image: musicians, actors, artists, and sometimes beggars. Europeans called them `Gypsies' because they thought they came from Egypt. But Romani people have lived in Europe for over a thousand years, and they originally came from India, not Egypt.

Roma communities in Europe have been subjected to centuries of persecution and racism. They are one of the most excluded groups in the world. They are denied the chance to work, proper housing, healthcare and their children refused a decent education. A new initiative - the Decade of Roma Inclusion - was launched in 2005 in a concerted attempt to help break the desperate cycle of poverty in which so many Roma live.

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Citation

Main credits

Tatham, Di (film producer)
Hoptrough, Lynn (editor of moving image work)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Briers, Lucy (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Lynn Hoptrough; music, Bela Lakatos, Russka Roma; executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series producer, Dick Bower.


Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Ethics
Europe
European Studies
Geography
Globalization
History
Human Rights
Humanities
Millennium Development Goals
Poverty
Race and Racism
Racism
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations

Keywords

Roma, poverty, persecution, gypsies, India, racism, Decade of Roma Inclusion, Romani; "Roma Rights"; Bullfrog Films