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Pădurea e ca muntele, vezi ?
The Forest Is Like the Mountains

La route principale est faite de sable et de gravier. Du haut de la colline s'entend tout le village. En été, on plonge dans la rivière pour se rafraîchir. Anamaria cherche l'amour. Pour Nela, c'est sa foi qui est importante. Sous Ceaucescu, Elena travaillait dans la fabrique de tracteurs. Aron lui, est représentant du Partida Romilor. Il se sent responsable pour sa famille et le village. Beniamin et Simon nous emmènent dans la forêt. "La forêt ressemble à la montagne, tu vois?", dit Iosif. En été 2004, Elena et Aron Lingurar nous ont invités à devenir les marraine et parrain de leur fille cadette Anamaria. Depuis lors, nous nous sommes revus presque chaque année et leur avons proposé de réaliser ce film-portrait.

On a hill on the edge of Romanian district capital Sfântu Gheorghe there lies a Roma village, although you’d never guess that it’s so close to a town. The streets are unpaved, a horse and cart is used to get around and the fields are tilled with a scythe. The Roma live in tune with nature and harvest whatever the land currently offer. One thing they always need is wood for heating. Yet surviving in the present day has become increasingly difficult. Apart from the annual potato harvest, there is scarcely any paid work for unskilled labourers any more, not even in the wider region. Future prospects are equally bleak according to village head Aron, for without money one has no voice in politics. Strong group ties, mutual respect and unwavering faith do at least provide some compensation. Yet young Lavinia still senses what is lacking and hungrily weeps that ‘The Roma never have any money!’ The steady hands of Christiane Schmidt and Didier Guillain succeed in capturing the lives of this oft-scorned and vilified people with extraordinary depth and complexity. It is as if one is on hand to experience the changing seasons with them, pulled into the flow of this family community

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