A People Uncounted tells the little-known story of the Roma, who have long been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture, politics, and the arts-- from Cher and Shakira to Bizet's Carmen. But the Roma persevere, even as they have been singled out for intolerance and persecution throughout Europe. Seen as outsiders, and lacking the kind of social hierarchy and political power that could otherwise advocate collectively for their rights and tell their history, the Roma struggle with chronic poverty and disenfranchisement.
Touring 11 countries and interviewing dozens of Roma-- including Holocaust Survivors, artists, historians, musicians, and intellectuals-- A People Uncounted documents the culturally rich but often difficult lives of the Roma taking us back through history to the little-known story of Roma genocide at the hands of Nazis during World War II. The Roma and their history come to life through the interplay of their poetry and music, along with compelling true stories told by the survivors of concentration camps. As intolerance is on the rise in European politics, A People Uncounted reminds us through the story of the Roma that ethnic minorities all too often fall prey to racism and genocide.
"! Profoundly moving! A powerful documentary on the plight of the Roma people through history...
an expansive essay on prejudice and the resilience of the human spirit." - Montreal Gazette
"Needed no star power to keep me glued to the screen...one-of-a-kind find...a virtually unknown piece of history… a fascinating, hyperbole-free inquiry into what one recent study determined is the most discriminated-against group in all of Europe." - Filmmaker Magazine
"Illuminating! A vivid mix of visual evidence, historical commentary and survivor testimonies."- Variety