Friday, January 13, 2006

A Gypsy recycling saga

This video clip is from Dribbling Pictures with English subtitles.

"An intimate look at Gypsy refugees in Belgrade suburb who make a living by transfoming Citroen's classic 2cv and Dyana cars into Mad Max-like recycling vehicles, with which they ollect cardoard, bottles and scrap metal. These modern horses are much more efficient than the cart-pushing competition, but more important - they also mean freedom, hope and style for their crafty owners. Even the car batteries are used as power generators in order to get some light, watch tv and recharge mobiles! Almost an alchemist's dream come true! But the police doesn't allways find these strange vehicles funny..."


estavisti said...

It's not a "clip from the film", it is the film. ;) Pretty interesting I thought, although quite depressing...

Balkan Update said...

I didn't say it was a clip from a film. I said it is a "video clip from Dribbling Pictures". Read it again!

In any case, I do agree it is depressing.
It’s a shame that Roma people get treated like garbage everywhere in Eastern Europe. As you can see, these people are treated like animals. They are a very hard working people who can make a living out of 'nothing'. The EU needs to do something about these poor souls!

Anonymous said...

Quite artistic.

Ph. Edwards said...


I just saw your video on the Roma recycling on your
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information on the Balkans.

Do you know if there are any charities or organisations
promoting awareness of the Roma in the Balkans?

The reason I am looking is because I work for a travel
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Anonymous said...

I'm not related to this blog nor involved in Roma issues, but I would suggest you contact the local Soros/Open Society Foundation office for guidance on helping Romas. American philanthropist George Soros is the most dedicated to their issues, especially in Hungary. Other NGOs may help as well, but I suggest you work directly with the people.

Anonymous said...

Roma people weren't always treated like garbage - they used to receive social assistance. Unfortunately, we have witnessed in the past decade the crumbling of one country that has had difficulty providing for its own citizens, let alone for Roma people.. it's a bitter-sweet memoir of what humans are capable of, building their existence out of nothing. And yet, I'm so stunned with their naivete.. they don't seem to realise the level of competition everyone's facing, to provide for their own families. Thank you for posting it! Is it possible to d/l it somewhere?