Romanipen, the Gypsy Identity| 54mins
Director: Ima Garmendia & Kike del Olmo | Producer: Kike del Olmo & Ima Garmendia
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Spain
Romanipen is the set of values or code that gypsies must follow to be true Roma, as they call themselves. The persecution they have suffered and the process of assimilation they have undertaken to survive have forced them to adapt the Romanipen to the specific circumstances they face in each of the countries where Gypsies are found. With twelve million people spread out around the world, the Roma have a significant presence in many countries. To understand the diversity of the Roma people, their origin, their problems and achievements, we have taken the path they have walked over the last thousand years. We have interviewed gypsies from all spheres of life such as politicians, victims of police abuse, survivors of the holocaust, and tribes from where they are originated in India. Like them, we have traveled from India to Spain, always heading West in search of the house where the sun sets.