Was Charlie Chaplin a Gypsy?

Newly discovered letters written to Charlie Chaplin suggest he may have been born into a Gypsy community in the West Midlands
In a bomb-proof concrete vault beneath one of the more moneyed stretches of Switzerland lies something better than bullion. Here, behind blast doors and security screens, are stored the remains of one of the greatest figures of the 20th century.

You might wonder what more there is to know about Charles Spencer Chaplin. Born in London in 1889; survivor of a tough workhouse childhood; the embodiment of screen comedy; fugitive from J Edgar Hoover; the presiding genius of The Kid and The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator.

His signature character, the Little Tramp, was once so fiercely present in the global consciousness that commentators studied its effects like a branch of epidemiology. In 1915, "Chaplinitis" was identified as a global affliction.

On 12 November 1916, a bizarre outbreak of mass hysteria produced 800 simultaneous sightings of Chaplin across America.


13th Festival of Tolerance comes to a successful end

The screening of the film Erased, a Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian co-production, concluded the 13th Festival of Tolerance. The audience gave a particularly warm welcome to the film’s leading actress Judita Franković Brdar and the rest of the cast and crew, who introduced themselves to the audience after the screening.

This award-winning film discusses the issue of “erased” citizens in Slovenia during the 1990s, when citizens of non-Slovenian origin were stripped of their civil rights. The main character is a woman fighting for her rights, a recurring theme in many other films screened as part of this year’s program dedicated to respecting diversity, equality and justice.

Over seven days, the Festival showed 78 feature, documentary and children’s films, which for the most part cannot be seen in regular cinema distribution. The discussions organized as part of the Tolerance Talk program were also well received, having gathered big audiences to discussions on important social issues.

Attention was also garnered by two socially engaged exhibitions set up in public spaces of the City of Zagreb. In the remaining program, the Educational Mornings were received particularly well, having given elementary and secondary school students as well as Police Academy cadets the chance to learn about the Holocaust at a lecture given by Holocaust survivor Vesna Domani Hardy and a lecture dedicated to the Majdanek Museum.



The festival in Switzerland will be named Redzepova: The foreigners have once again proved that they are much more respectful to Esma!

Simeon Atanasov, one of the children who is celebrated by the legendary Esma Redzepova, and who until the end of her life was a manager, together with "Esmaz band" performed at the festival in Zurich, Switzerland. She says that she knows which way, once again it has been proved that the Queen of the Roma Song, Esma, is much more valued and respected outside our country. In her honor, the festival of Roma songs that they performed in the future will bear her name.

- On the 13th - from the Gipsy Festival held in Zurich, "Esmos band" also performed. The tradition continues. At the manifestation where Esma was a frequent guest, we are now continuing with participation, her music successors. Our friend Christian Fotz invited us to play with several songs and so we can remind all the fans of the music of our Mother Esma. The crowd was thrilled, welcomed and sent with ovations. It is obvious that Esma's poems have left a trace that can not be erased; she lives in the hearts of her admirers around the world - Simeon tells us about "Focus".

He adds that the band is preparing to tour Europe. Vocalist in "Esmaz band" is the young Eleonora Mustafova, the only girl who has grown up Esma.

- This cooperation does not end there, it is planned to organize a full tour of this festival throughout Europe. Music groups from Spain, India, Bulgaria, Switzerland are performing, and what is very important is that the festival will be renamed "Esma Fest". This is yet another proof that foreigners respect our mother much more - said Atanasov.

Esma Redzepova died in December 2016 after a short illness. During her lifetime, she raised 47 children and transferred them to the music craft. She was a great humanitarian and even twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Once in 1987, as a candidate of the Red Cross of Yugoslavia, and later as a trumpeter of the World Roma Organization, with the support of 76 NGOs and lions clubs in the country.


Grand Prix of the Golden Wheel 2019 for "The page of my book" directed by Gaila Stojanov from the Republic of Bulgaria

In the solemn atmosphere and in front of the guests present at the Cinematheque of Macedonia in Skopje, the award ceremony for the most successful at this year's 17th International Roma Film Festival "Golden Wheel 2019" was held.
The whole festival was organized by SP BTR Productions.

The festival jury decided this year to compete in the selection of 18 films that were in the two-day program of the show as an overall winner and the Grand prize was presented to the film "The page of my book" directed by Gajla Stojanov from Bulgaria.

Also, the festival jury awarded other awards and plaques. This year's winners are: Contribution to the Roma Strategy - ,,My education today, for better tomorrow''
for Roma Resource Center - RRC - Skopje, Best Music for "We Are Change" for NRC - Kumanovo, for best scenario "Children and Poverty" Production - 3 PIX Media - Skopje, for Best Director for the film “Outside the circle - invisible in society” for the Initiative for Social Change - InSoK, Skopje, as the best documentary film "Sa e Roma" directed by Daniel Petrovski and as special award from the expert jury for the documentary
„Merry Is The Romani Life" by script and directed by Ludmila Zhivkova from Bulgaria.

Within the festival, more plaques and gratitude were awarded for several legal factors that contributed to the successful realization of this festival, as well as three diploma awards for children who made one-minute videos.

At the very end, the organizer of the festival, Zoran Dimov, reminded the guest about the last last year's product "Local Heroes" at over 20 film festivals outside the country and was awarded with several awards, and also announced the next project that should be realized and that is the documentary on the history of the Roma "Sky-Land-Wheel"

It should be noted that this year's edition of the Golden Wheel was supported by the Film Fund of the Republic of R. Macedonia.

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