Roma movie on the Cannes film festival

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The movie is the story of a young Roma couple who wish to live an ordinary life – something almost impossible for the minority they belong to. Alone, they lead an unequal struggle against a mostly hostile majority while preserving all of their their dignity and love.

 

„Cesta Ven” or „The way out” is the title of a Czech movie that was selected on the Cannes film festival, which was held in May this year. The movie is the story of a young Roma couple who wish to live an ordinary life – something almost impossible for the minority they belong to. Alone, they lead an unequal struggle against a mostly hostile majority while preserving all of their their dignity and love.

The author of the movie Petr Václav perfectly captures the life in the Roma settlements in the Czech Republic. Václav knows his subject – he knows how people in the ghettos live, what bothers them, and what their problems are.

Filming took place in the actual exterior and interior settings of Ostrava and its surrounding areas, including the famous ghetto on Přednádraží Street. The main roles are played by Romani people who are not professional actors.

The cinematographer was Štěpán Kučera, who has already collaborated with Václav on the films “Marian” and “Parallel Worlds” (Paralelní světy). The film portrays the manifestations of a culture of poverty that prevents the impoverished from living normal lives here.

In the ghettos, drug use, gambling, petty crime, prostitution and total desolation spread. In addition, people are up against the bureaucratic, unfriendly approach taken toward them by the state (through laws aimed against those on welfare) and the local governments, who make their lives unpleasant through daily, petty slights.

Discrimination in access to housing, on the labor market, and in the schools is unfortunately an ordinary component of ghetto life. People often do not have the means, the strength, or the will to commute to regular employment or to school.

“The Way Out” tells the story of a woman who resists this “predestination” and refuses to succumb to it. She opposes the perpetration of crime, pushes her family to regularly attend school and work, doesn’t want to be indebted to or dependent on others, and fights hard so that she and those closest to her can hold on to that position.

On the following link you can find a short promotional video of the movie:

http://kultura.idnes.cz/video-filmu-cesta-ven-056-/filmvideo.aspx?c=A140509_132417_filmvideo_spm

The full content of the text is on this link:

http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech-director-s-the-way-out-brilliantly-captures-ghetto-life

 

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