26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Equality in Art
Panel discussion on the situation of Romani artists
The Romani minority is definitely one of the groups that don’t have equal opportunities on the labour market. This is no different in the field of arts and culture. An illustrative example is dramatic art where Romani people play mostly Romani characters portrayed in line with traditional stereotypes. What can be done to improve the situation of Romani artists?
Singer, dancer, actress, presenter and finalist of the Slovak Miss Universe contest also known as Zea. She comes from Prešov and in 2019, she participated in the Czechia Slovakia's Got Talent competition with band For Someone. A major shift for her life and career came when a beauty contest agent approached her on the street. Her participation in Miss Universe opened the door for her to acting. She played in Slovak soap operas and commercials. Thanks to one of her soap opera roles, she got into singing. She has currently released her first LP, Burning Light, co-produced with Milan André. She produces alternative pop music and her inspiration includes FKA Twigs and Jessie Ware.
Filmmaker and owner of the production company Media Voice. Her work helps uproot stereotypical perceptions and discrimination against minorities. In addition to her commercial work, she has also participated in the international documentary project with her film Because There is A Hope and made short documentary Alica. She is one of the few established Romani filmmakers on the Czech media scene. How I Became a Partisan is her feature documentary debut. In 2019 she participated in the IDFA Academy in Amsterdam.
Musician, activist and journalist. A trailblazer of Romani TV and radio broadcasting, who advocates for Romani rights, and as a great violinist became famous primarily thanks to his engagement in the band Gipsy.cz. Director Helena Třeštíková made a documentary about him called Vojta Lavička: Up and Down in 2013.
Czech producer, screenwriter, script editor, director and Head of the Serial Killer festival. Forbes magazine ranked her among the 150 most influential women in the Czech Republic. She founded and runs the international Serial Killer festival. She graduated in dramaturgy and screenwriting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno (JAMU) and in journalism at Masaryk University. In addition, she completed a one-year university internship in TV Broadcasting and Film Studies in the USA. She is also a lecturer at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), where she previously held the position of Vice Dean. She worked as a script editor and later as a creative producer at Czech Television, namely on three parts of the TV documentary series Little Birds (2010, 2014, 2020) and on other internationally acclaimed television programmes.
She is a journalist, activist, moderator and since 2018 a member of the Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs. In 2018, she started the Tuke.TV project, a non-commercial and independent video production based on a platform comprising Romani, Czech and Slovak professionals from the audiovisual and media field. She is the co-author of a publication of the Amendar Museum of Romani Culture that lists bios of 254 selected Romani figures living in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries whose life was connected with the Czech lands.