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Osada Bystrany

COUNTRY: Czech republic, Austria
Director: Marc Bader
Photography: Marc Bader, Petra Kunkov
Editing: Marc Bader, Petra Kunkov
Sound: Josh Mackey
Production: MBFilm

Year: 2006
Colour: Colour
Format: Other
Lenght: 32'

A population of 2500 people live in the village of Bystrany in eastern Slovakia, two-thirds of which are Roma whose ancestors settled there back in the 14th century. The majority of the Roma from the osada, or settlement, which is the name used for the place where they live, are on social support. However, in 2004 the Slovak government dramatically reduced the level of social support payments, and increasing poverty has only exacerbated the community's social exclusion. _ In the aftermath of this radical reform measure, life in the Roma settlements became unbearable, and hundreds of Roma have taken advantage of Slovakia's membership in the European Union to leave this nest of poverty behind. Others will certainly follow, as an unemployment rate of more than thirty percent in Spiš and almost one hundred percent in Bystrany signifies a hopeless situation. _ Jan Kandra is one resident in the settlement of Bystrany who does have work. However, his job is to supervise those who are employed in community service work, which the government appears to believe will help the Roma to have a better life. _ The settlement: an autonomous space for a distinct ethnicity and characterised by its isolation. Instinct and fatalism mean other rules must reign. Local time turns on its own axis. _ The film: a raw observational documentary in which the viewers are witnesses to poverty. On the edge between the settlement and the outside world the authors explain nothing; they convey the situation by showing it, while they themselves remain invisible.
portrait of a roma community in east slovakia, their daily life struggle between the tradition and the modern.

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