We aren't Bohemians

Published: Monday 31 October 2005

Gypsies Romania UK

Young Romanian gypsies, Roma, living in the uk have helped make a documentary about their lives to dispel some of the myths surrounding their culture. Sex, teenage marriage and persecution in Romania are some of the subjects touched in the 30-minute film, That's Who I am: Experiences of young Romanian Roma in London. Produced by The Children's Society, London, it shows several young Roma interviewing their families and each other. Together with a report, the video is designed to give teachers and other professionals an insight into the Roma. The video and report were produced after consulting 31 young Roma people, aged between 10 and 23, as well as experts and professionals working with the community. Project worker for The Children's Society and author of the report, Heather Ureche, said, "Education is the single most important single necessity in the life of a young Roma".

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