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Gypsy Tales: Doja the Gypsy Fairy

“I have lived one hundred years, but never would I have thought that someday we would have a land of our own”, speaks a Roma character in the film. Her words encompass the “bitter fate” of the Roma community, the motif of their wandering through the world: remaining scattered, hoping to find one another.


Doja the Gypsy Fairy illustrates the poverty and exclusion that Roma face. While they are dreaming about their own land, a Roma fairy gracefully strolls down a rainbow to be amongst her community and help them. Clinging to her long, jet-black hair, they fly with her to a wondrous island where they can build the Romani land in freedom and live happily in peace. But then, one day, terrible monsters attack the village.

The film is part of the Gypsy Tales animation series which started in 2013 at the Kecskemetfilm Studio under the direction of Ferenc Mikulas and Maria Horvath. They set up a collaboration with several Roma artists: writer and illustrator Magda Szecsi, painter Terez Orsos, musician Jozsef Olah, and fashion designer Erika Varga. The collaboration allowed artists to represent Romani myths and oral heritage while illustrating tradition with contemporary art through storytelling, fusing drawings and traditional music.

Original Title: Cigánymesék: Doja, a cigánytündér Country: Hungary Year: 2015 Length: 8 min Director/Screenwriter: Maria Horvath Editing: Roland Toth-Pocs Cinematography: Roland Toth-Pocs Animation: Laszlo Balajthy Production: Ferenc Mikulas – Kecskemetfilm Ltd. Screening: Friday 22 April, 13:15 hours, Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag Subtitles: English Dutch Premiere