Gypsy film festival kicks off in Salzburg

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The festival is part of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, an EU project to improve living conditions for gypsies.

Vienna -- A Roma and Sinti film festival opens Tuesday in the Austrian town of Salzburg, as part of an EU-wide project to raise awareness about the large gypsy population of Europe.

A total 14 films from Romania, Kosovo, Serbia, Israel and the United States will be screened until Friday, depicting the culture and everyday life of Roma and Sinti, the largest minority in Europe with an estimated population of between 10 and 12 million.

Ironically, only one of the films was directed by a Roma: A Gypsy in the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party by Ludmila Zhivkova of Bulgaria.

The festival, funded by the town and province of Salzburg, as well as the European Union and World Bank, is part of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, an EU project to improve living conditions for gypsies.

Concerts are also planned during the festival, and a commemoration is due to be held for 300 Salzburg gypsies, deported and killed by the Nazis during World War II.

AFP/Expatica

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