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    • New Talents Open Call
      Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) began in The Netherlands in 2008 with the idea to offer Dutch and international audiences a unique glimpse into the cinema of their neighbors from Eastern and Southern Europe. This annual event presents the most recent, exciting, and thought‐provoking films, from countries with small, but often powerful film industries, that… Read more: New Talents Open Call
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      In Work in Progress, emerging filmmakers and artists will present their works in development to the audience and engage in discussions with Dutch experts.
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      Every year, ENFF brings special musical guests who bring beauty to the program and further represent the rich cultures of their countries to a Dutch audience.
    • Film Marathon
      Join us for the Film Marathon, a new concept in which we merge two components, Short Films, Big Stories, and New Talents Competition into a whole-day screening of short films!

How I Became a Partisan

Cinematic resistance against oblivion. A must-see documentary about the Sinti and Roma victims of the Holocaust in WWII Slovakia. Documenting her own family history and the heroic and dramatic life of her great grandfather, the Roma director Vera Lackova sheds light onto an aspect of the Slovak history during the Nazis which is rarely discussed: the Roma resistance. 


In 1944, Slovak partisans rise up against their Nazi occupiers and the collaborationist Slovak government. Among their ranks: the Roma partisan Jan Lacko. While he is out fighting, Lacko’s family is taken to a forest and murdered. After the violence subsides, Lacko finds their partially charred remains at the site. 75 years later, Vera Lackova sets off to trace her great grandfather’s past, on what is also a quest to find other Roma partisans – who often go unmentioned – in the scope of memorial celebrations. But during her search, she comes up against deeply rooted prejudice, indifference and hatred towards the Roma community. Her motivation is to demolish the long-held stereotype of Roma as mere victims of Nazism. She shows on screen stories of Roma people whose deeds go beyond the history of a minority ethnic group and deservedly form part of European history.

Original Title: Ako som sa stala partizánkou Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic Year: 2021 Length: 89 min Director, Screenplay: Vera Lackova Editing: Hana Dvorackova Cinematography: Petr Racek, Laco Korbel Music: Jan Sikl Production: Jan Bodnar, Vera Lackova – Media Voice; Film & Sociology Subtitles: English Dutch Premiere