Carmen Chaplin to Direct ‘Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World’

Director-producer-actress Carmen Chaplin is set to direct “Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World,” a theatrical documentary feature which will add a hardly-explored new facet to the creator of the Tramp, one of the most iconic cinema characters in popular consciousness, plumbing Chaplin’s Romani roots and heritage.

Marking the first time that the Chaplin family is involved at a deep creative and industrial level in a movie about Charles Chaplin, grand-daughter Carmen Chaplin is also co-writing the documentary’s screenplay with Amaia Remírez, a co-writer on “Another Day of Life,” a European Film Awards best animated feature winner.

Described in a statement by its producers as a documentary which “radically reinterprets Chaplin’s oeuvre from a Romani perspective and examines the persecution of gypsies through his lens,” “Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World” is produced by Madrid-based Wave of Humanity’s Stany Coppet, Dolores Chaplin and Ashim Balla, Remírez at San Sebastian’s Kanaki Films, a lead producer on “Another Day of LIfe,” and Nano Arrieta and Silvia Martínez at Madrid’s Atlantic Pictures.


European Roma Theater - The concept of the European Roma Theater

Nedjo Osman, born in Macedonia, at that time the first trained Roma actor of Yugoslavia, later a longtime member of the NRW-based Roma theater "Pralipe" and co-founder of the Cologne TKO Theater in 1996, will launch the first European Roma Theater in 2008.

The concept provides for continuous cooperation with trained Roma actors from Hungary, Romania, Macedonia, Serbia .

The scattered theater artists want to work in their countries and across borders for a professionalization of the Roma culture.

In recent years, Nedjo Osman has been regularly involved in project work with young Roma in Cologne, as well as conducting intensive international networking. Now he wants to bring together the gained experience and powers and to found a European ensemble with professional Roma actors.

The theater projects are on the one hand - so. linguistically - remain well connected to the respective countries of origin, but point thematically and artistically beyond the national borders.

Productions will be developed that will be presented in different languages ​​and changing castings in the participating countries.

The actors act as "cultural ambassadors" and provide the Roma in the cooperating countries with a public platform. Continuity and change go hand in hand and serve as a long-term artistic research trip that aims to promote and integrate gifted Roma from the fields of theater, dance, literature and music.

Where once the European Roma were subject to different national policies and represented a more or less marginalized ethnic group, today, in a Europe that is growing together, they can give a joint and many-voiced concert.

To this end, the European Roma Theater wants to make an active contribution.

Czech film of "The Painted Bird" features Romani child actor in the main role

Last Tuesday an audience of almost 2 000 watched the Czech premiere of "The Painted Bird", Václav Marhoul's new film, in the biggest hall of the Congress Center in Prague. The film was released on 12 September in the Czech Republic.

The director, who opened the Prague screening, is planning a tour of cinemas throughout the country. The central character of the film is portrayed by a Romani boy, Petr Kotlár.
The film is awaiting screenings at more festivals abroad.

"The Painted Bird is not a war film, and it is not even a film about the Holocaust," the official press materials quote Marhoul as saying.

Originally the main role was meant to be performed by Petr's brother, Michal Kotlár. By the time the director had raised the money for the film, however, Michal was too old for the role.

Petr was eight when filming began and his family experienced some rather difficult moments during production. Milan Kotlár, Petr's grandfather and the owner of the Cikánská jizba ("Gypsy Room") restaurant in Český Krumlov, told the Czech News Agency that Petr hadn't wanted to get up in the mornings, made it home around midnight every day during the shooting, and wanted to quit at one point.


Helios Gómez - Great Roma artist

Helios Gómez is a Spanish graphic artist of Roma origin, born in 1905 in Seville. He was educated at the art and craft school as a painter and decorator of ceramics. His first works have been published in the anarchist journal Páginas Libres, and he has illustrated books by various Spanish authors.

In 1925 he held his first exhibition in Seville, and a year later another in Madrid and Barcelona. Being convinced of the urgency of political change, he joined anarchist groups and chose artistic expression in accordance with his own political principles.

In Gómez's prints, the strong influence of expressionism is felt, especially of politically oriented expressionist prints. The legacy of Cubism and post-impressionist geometrization is also present. Works such as Evacuation have a reference to stylistic elements from the Spanish art tradition, such as the works of Francisco Goya and colorism in the style of El Greco.

Gómez played a major role in the Spanish Civil War, an armed conflict that ran from 1936 to 1939 between various leftist groups defending a democratically elected government and right-wing, nationalist and fascist insurgents led by Francisco Franco.

The left-wing side was fought mostly by the dissatisfied working class, radicalized by the economic crisis, and on the nationalist landowners by the military. Gomez was appointed political union commissioner during the war and sailed on the Bayo expedition to liberate Ibiza and Mallorca and joined the fronts in Aragon, Madrid and Andalusia.

He was also in charge of culture and designed books, newspapers and organized exhibitions. Gómez believed that the Spanish Civil War was part of the fight against a wider problem that threatened the fate of the Roma everywhere.

He was also the initiator of the Roma movement and in one of his interviews emphasized: "... from this war, which will produce many good things, the liberation of the Roma must come." After the war he had to flee to Paris, and on his return from France, 1945 He was arrested and died in Barcelona in 1956, two years after leaving prison.

In 1950, at the request of the prison chaplain in which Gómez served his sentence, the artist agreed to paint murals dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of prisoners, on the cell walls. Since the figures on the frescoes have Roma features, the work is known as Capilla Gitana (Roma Chapel).

The artist's son last photographed the frescoes in 1985, and in 1998 they are painted over. This act was a direct violation of intellectual property law. However, requests for renewal of the work were never accepted.

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