28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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O Baripen
O Baripen
O Baripen
O Baripen
O Baripen

O Baripen

director: Vera Lacková
original title: O Baripen - Odkaz Eleny Lackovej
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 52 min.


Elena Lacková (1921–2003) was a prominent Romani writer, playwright and social worker. Her great-granddaughter, Alžběta Ferencová alias Zea, is a singer, dancer and actress. The film draws parallels between two family-related women who, despite social prejudices, dedicate their lives to artistic creation. Through archival materials and the stories of witnesses, the difficult fate of Elena Lacková is revealed: from growing up in a Roma settlement, through the period of the Roma Holocaust, to her emancipatory work under communism. The poetic narrative reveals how the personal can take on political dimensions in our society.

“Overall, I feel there is a lack of space in the area of the media for us Romani people to express ourselves. That is why we need to claim that space.”
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Roma director and producer Vera Lacková (1989) works in the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia. She is the founder of the production company Media Voice and her work fights against discrimination against minorities. Her feature debut How I Became a Partisan (2021) was nominated for Best Czech Documentary at Ji.hlava IDFF.

more about film

director: Vera Lacková
producer: Vera Lacková, Jan Bodnár
script: Jana Ondrušová, Vera Lacková
photography: Dominik Jursa
editing: Hana Dvořáčková
music: Jan Šikl ml.
sound: Klára Jašková
executive producer: Jan Bodnár
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