Gypsies around the world are beginning to embrace their culture and claim their rights

Opre Roma: Gypsies in Canada – PREVIEW

This film celebrates the culture and struggle of the Gypsy.  There is a new generation of Roma who claim their Gypsy roots with pride, while fighting the myths that caused their parents to live in fear. They call themselves by their rightful name, the Roma.  The Roma people have suffered almost a thousand years of persecution – from European Slavery to the Holocaust – yet they have survived as a unique global culture. The film explores the music and culture borne out of centuries of exile.  Opre Roma invites you to a wedding and to an evening of flamenco dance, with songs from Turkey, Romania, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia that relate a shared experience telling the story of what it means to be Roma.  A National Film Board of Canada film by Tony Papa is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources at



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