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  • In the Ghetto. The Roma of Stolipinovo
  • Directors: Hermann Peseckas, Andreas Kraus. The Stolipinovo neighborhood in the Bulgarian town of Plovdiv is one of the biggest Roma ghettos in Southeastern Europe. The documentary portraits two Roma leaders, Anton Karagyosov and Mehmet Popasa, and their exhausting fight against racist motivated segregation and the poverty of their families, friends and neighbors. The film describes the ongoing process of turning away from Roma identity by adapting to Turkish culture as a reaction to everyday discrimination. Situated on the outskirts of the Southern Bulgarian town of Plovdiv, Stolipinovo with its 45.000 inhabitants is probably the largest Roma-Ghetto in Southeastern Europe. After the decline of Communism in 1989 90% of the gypsies lost their jobs in the state owned factories, the main reason was racism. A particularity in this quarter, besides the struggle for survival: More than 80% prefer to call themselves Turks rather than gypsies.

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Karin Helml


Finished Film