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Little is known about the tragedy of the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War. They were murdered by the tens, hundreds and thousands; in concentration camps, by the edges of mass graves and roadsides, by rifle butts, hammers or gas. Silence surrounds them. For years they existed and still exist on the edge of society. They survived and keep their memory and scars as proof. In a world where fascism is once again prevalent, they are one of the last living witnesses to the Holocaust. They exist with a hole in their head, an imprint from the past.


"I believe that what helped the Roma and Sinti survive during times of persecution during the Second World War was their non-materialistic nature and attitude towards the world, existence and time. Their inner freedom is in fact a gift of irrationality or perhaps culture, that allows them to talk about their past and present, about life and death. That's what I wanted the film to convey the most - the memory that they keep with them and the one that our collective subconscious validates. I decided to record how the Roma and Sinti deal with their own history 70 years after the end of the war. I searched for what fascinated me the most about this subject, which was the human will and freedom. The use of illustrations and archive materials is omitted. Their scars, both visible and invisible, remind them and us, to never forget. To forget, would be the worst thing that we could do."
Robert Kirchhoff, director