Conscious Film Screening: Csak a szél - 12 December 2016
The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh's partnership with Just Festival continued with a free screening of the film Csak a szél. There are an estimated 10-12 million members of the Roma community living across Europe, 6 million of whom are EU citizens. Despite their deep historical connection to the continent - their presence in Europe dates back to the 13th century - the Roma people have had to face oppression and persecution. To this day their lives continue to be affected by prejudice and suspicion, perpetuated by cultural ignorance and a negative portrayal in the media.
This powerful and unsettling film is set during the spate of murders of Roma people that occurred between 2008 and 2009 in Hungary. It features a Roma family being hunted down by a racist death squad and takes place over one day, starting at sunrise when the family's mother, Mari (Katalin Toldi), gets up and wakes her two children, the teenage girl Anna (Gyongyi Lendvai) and her younger brother, Rio (Lajos Sarkany). Their family is completed by grandfather Tomi (Gyorgy Toldi), who relies on his daughter and grandchildren after suffering a stroke. As the day progresses, it is clear how commonplace hatred of Roma people is in Hungary, to the extent that no one, perhaps not even those affected, think it strange. Suspicious looks, harsh words and obstinate silences confront the family at every turn. Despite these challenges, they share happy moments, yet the feeling of dread is never far away. Csak a szél was nominated for the European Parliament's 2012 LUX Film Prize and won the Amnesty International Film Prize in the same year.