OUR HISTORY

Romedia Foundation is established.

Romedia Foundation is established.

“When in 1992, after the change of the political regime, I founded the Romedia Foundation, I knew that in order to be able to speak for ourselves, to express our interests, to develop a suitable image, we need our own narratives.” Ágnes Daróczi, Founder of the Romedia Foundation    

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The first episode of “Historia Romani” is produced.

The first episode of “Historia Romani” is produced.

“Historia Romani” is a six-episode documentary series that provides an overview of the history of the Romanies from their origin in Asia to the modern era.

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The Roma Holocaust Memorial is erected in Nehru Park, Budapest.

The Roma Holocaust Memorial is erected in Nehru Park, Budapest.

Located in Budapest’s Nehru Park, the Roma Holocaust Memorial was constructed in 2006 and stands on the banks of the Danube River. Of the approximately 200,000 Roma living in pre-War Hungary, it is estimated that around 60,000 faced persecution in the Third Reich’s concentration camps.

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The first episode of “Mundi Romani – the World Through Roma Eyes” is released.

The first episode of “Mundi Romani – the World Through Roma Eyes” is released.

“Mundi Romani – Through the World Roma Eyes” is an award winning documentary series produced by the Romedia Foundation. Mundi Romani was broadcasted monthly between 2007 and 2011 and won recognition worldwide for its innovative quality, cinematography and the untold stories the film uncovered.    

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“Pharrajimos: The Fate of the Roma During the Holocaust” is published

“Pharrajimos: The Fate of the Roma During the Holocaust” is published

Pharrajimos: The Fate of the Roma During the Holocaust is an anthology that recounts the largely unknown history of the Hungarian Roma during the Holocaust.

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Mundi Romani episode “Trapped – the Forgotten Story of the Mitrovica Roma” receives international recognition.

Mundi Romani episode “Trapped – the Forgotten Story of the Mitrovica Roma” receives international recognition.

Mundi Romani episode Trapped – the Forgotten Story of the Mitrovica Roma was nominated in the Best Reportage and Current Affairs category and for the Best News Documentary at the 22nd International Festival of Audiovisual Programs and 48th Monte Carlo Television Festival. The International Festival of Audiovisual Programs was founded in 1987 by Michael Mitrani and the 22nd edition took place in Biarritz, France. The Monte Carlo Television Festival was founded in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

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“I’m a Roma Woman” is released.

“I’m a Roma Woman” is released.

“I’m a Roma Woman” is a video campaign featuring messages from Roma activists sharing their experiences as Roma women. Our movement challenges the centuries-old stereotypes about who we are and the image we have in the mainstream media. We collect and present video interviews with Roma women from all around the world to empower ourselves and our communities as we share our experiences, our view of current issues, our vision of the future. We would like to make our voices heard, to bring young Roma women towards taking pride in their Roma identity and ultimately increase their self-confidence.

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The documentary “Uprooted – Children’s Perspectives on Europe’s Repatriation Policies” receives international acclaim.

The documentary “Uprooted – Children’s Perspectives on Europe’s Repatriation Policies” receives international acclaim.

The documentary Uprooted – Children’s Perspectives on Europe’s Repatriation Policies initially premiered on September 29, 2011 and was nominated for the Child and Family Award at the 8th Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival.  

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As a part of a series of cultural events in Europe, Romedia Foundation organized Requiem for Auschwitz.

As a part of a series of cultural events in Europe, Romedia Foundation organized Requiem for Auschwitz.

Requiem for Auschwitz was an innovative campaign, concert and event series in memory of the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust. During the events, we raised questions regarding historical memory and reconciliation by organizing discussions, presenting personal stories of victims, and showing respect for both survivors and those who lost their lives. 

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Romedia Foundation organizes “Take Your Blindfold Off, Dear Europe!”

Romedia Foundation organizes “Take Your Blindfold Off, Dear Europe!”

The photo campaign “Take Your Blindfold Off, Dear Europe!” showcases pictures of individuals taking off a blindfold, encouraging fellow Europeans to engage in a deeper understanding of Romani people. The campaign was inspired by a manifesto written by contemporary Romani artists from around Europe who wanted to stand up for real change and to encourage fellow Europeans to engage in a deeper understanding of Romani people.

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BUVERO Showcase Event at the British Embassy Budapest

BUVERO Showcase Event at the British Embassy Budapest

Romedia Foundation organized a BUVERO showcase event on February 10, 2016, at the British Embassy, Budapest, with the generous support of the embassy. The event presented the results of the BUVERO program, the Media Camp for Romani Women. After a welcoming speech given by Mrs. Theresa Bubbear, Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim to Hungary, the BUVERO project was presented to the audience by Katalin Bársony, executive director of RF, followed by screenings of short films made at the BUVERO camps and by two roundtable talks, including BUVERO attendees Krisztina Balogh, Zsanett Balogh and Szandra Kovács, longtime professional partners of the program Vera Munk…

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BLINDFOLD v 2.0 video installation, Roma Integration 2020 Launch Event

BLINDFOLD v 2.0 video installation, Roma Integration 2020 Launch Event

BLINDFOLD v2.0 is a multi-channel video installation, created as an artistic collaboration between media artist Dávid Szauder, director/producer Katalin Bársony, painter Márta Bada and photographer/DJ Elemér Sánta. A critical commentary on the majority perception of the Roma, it combines images of Romani life in the Western Balkans and Turkey with the campaign…

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The media art installation “Talking Circle – Repeat After Me” is presented at the Cineromani.

The media art installation “Talking Circle – Repeat After Me” is presented at the Cineromani.

The media art installation Talking Circle – Repeat After Me is presented at the Cineromani – Empowering Roma Filmmakers in Berlin, Germany. We explored how an audiovisual installation based on the notion that the illusion of having face-to-face contact with a person generates an intimate and immediate emotional connection.

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“Languages create wealth seminar: Exploiting the economic and cultural value of minority languages”

“Languages create wealth seminar: Exploiting the economic and cultural value of minority languages”

The event included talks from a number of participants, including Astrid Thors (former High Commissioner of National Minorities in OSCE) who spoke about the role of minority rights in building bridges. Katalin Barsony, executive director of RF, spoke about new approaches to build on the linguistic diversity of Romani communities in Europe, specifically the case of the Romanes in films. Within this framework, the executive director took the opportunity to lobby and engage the numerous participants on Romedia Foundation’s work.

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Let the spirit of the International Roma Day unite us once again!

Let the spirit of the International Roma Day unite us once again!

Romedia Foundation invited everyone to walk from the Bem Cinema (Budapest, Margit krt. 5, 1027) to the Danube and cast flowers into the river. On 08 April 2017, it was almost forty-six years to the day that the first World Roma Congress was held in Orpington near London. Since then, the 8th of April has had a special place on the calendar for all Roma as we celebrate International Roma Day. Romani people in Budapest and worldwide have embraced the tradition to “gather at noon to cast flowers into our nearest river, sea, or ocean”. This year, Romedia foundation has gathered together a large group of Roma activists, Roma students, alumni and pro-Roma organizations in Budapest to cast flowers into the Danube. The celebration of International Romani Day continued with COMPACT-Roma Film Night which took place on 8 of April at the Bem Cinema.

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“IMAGE FRAGMENTS- ‘clamor’ for self-representation”

“IMAGE FRAGMENTS- ‘clamor’ for self-representation”

The Romedia Foundation team organized the event “IMAGE FRAGMENTS- ‘clamor’ for self-representation”. The event took place on the 3rd of June at the French Institute Budapest. At the event Jacques Leonard: El payo Chac documentary and Pamyatay, a Ukrainian short film were screened. The public screening was followed by a roundtable discussion. Yago Leonard (Spain), Romani filmmaker, director of Jacques Leonard: El payo Chac, Petro Rusanienko (Ukraine), Romani filmmaker, director of Pamyatay and Galya Stoyanova (Bulgaria), Romani filmmaker. The discussion was moderated by Katalin Bársony, curator of the Film Section and Executive Director of the Romedia Foundation.

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2016 – 2019 ROMARCHIVE FILM SECTION -­ DIGITAL ROMA ARCHIVE

2016 – 2019 ROMARCHIVE FILM SECTION -­ DIGITAL ROMA ARCHIVE

RomArchive is designed as an international digital archive for Roma art. It is a constantly growing collection of art from all fields, enhanced by scholarly texts and historical documents. Romedia Foundation will select and gather works of art from the fields of film, photography, visual arts, theater, music, dance and literature. Intelligent contextualization and scholarly articles will provide background information, assisting in the understanding of complex interpretations and facilitating nuanced readings of the works on display.

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