“The image of Roma as freedom-loving, misunderstood outcasts with outstanding musical skills has not changed radically since the 19th century in the West, while we have seen a fundamental development in the portrayal of African-Americans,” said Katalin Barsony, executive director of Romedia Foundation.
“Fighting Racism on Two Continents: CEU Conference Examines U.S. Civil Rights Movement and Roma Rights in Europe.” Central European University, 14 December 2015.
“One of the main goals of the foundation is to challenge the way the Roma are depicted by mainstream media . . . At the same time, they also aim to provide a legitimate alternative source of information to the majority of society and policymakers.”
Drubina, Kamilla. “Pearls with cameras: Media camp for young Romani women.” European Youth Portal, 29 September 2014.
“It is a very important process, how someone can come out of poverty. Personally, I think that this is possible through the help of professional, high level discourse.”
Katalin Barsony, the executive director of the Romedia Foundation and Szamanta Judit Varga, a participant of the BUVERO Media Camp, appeared on the ATV Start morning show. Barsony and Varga spoke about the Buvero Camp, Romedia’s activities, and the general hardships Roma women face in today’s society.
“The Romedia Foundation believes that a huge unexploited potential lies in young Romani women, which cannot go to waste. Romani women have a great sense of community building, and more and more of them are in higher education. Still, they are not provided with sufficient opportunities and support, and are less frequently in positions they would merit.”
Roche, Eloise. “Kindred spirits: Aborigines inspire Romani.” ArtsHub, 02 October 2013.
“I think the fact that I was in the right place at the right time led to the success in my work. The hard work, dealing with the process of marking films, the post production, spending every day and night in the studio and fighting for finishing all the film production phases one by one led to the international success of our films.”
“Understanding the similarities and differences of the Romani people with Indigenous Australians, Barsony takes some inspiration from the progress Australia’s own minority group have made. ‘Reflecting on the last Olympics where the Aboriginal group would wear a t-shirt and promote their identity to the world… this is something I hope and I believe very much could happen with Roma as well,’ she said.”
Rorke, Bernard. “An Interview with Katalin Barsony, Romani Activist and Film Director.” Open Society Foundations, 01 November 2012.
“We do not believe in taking a reactive stance. We continue to release positive messages into the mainstream media, to inform and raise awareness. We are pro-active and will not racists set the agenda. Our primary goal is to present an alternative narative of what it means to be Roma in the 21st century.”
Joga, Mindenki. “‘Lashi Vita’ Documentary Film Discussion with Katalin Bársony.” 29 September 2008.
“I was growing up between two cultures and two languages: my mother and my grandmother talked to me only in Romanes for a long time. For me, the village and the urban traditions of my family were always in complete harmony. Before my grandparents moved to Pest, I spent a lot of time in Bedő, I was usually there during the summers. In Pest, it was different: here I had to meet my family’s strict requirements. My great-aunt, my mother’s sisters, all of them had apsired to get a diploma. Therefore, it was a must that I should have a diploma and that I should be able to speak foreign languages. My family was a first generation of intellectuals and this gave me great motivation.”
Kelemen, Barnabás. “‘INTERVIEW WITH KATALIN BÁRSONY AND BARNABÁS KELEMEN.” 7 October 2013.