Check out our updated Conference Schedule!
November 11, Friday, noon-2pm
An interdisciplinary conversation featuring:
Carol Silverman, ethnomusicologist
Traci Lindsey, linguist
Petra Gelbart, vocalist and scholar
Crina Elena Morteanu, human rights lawyer
Located in the Ida Sproul Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave
(at Bancroft St.)
Sponsored by the International House.
Friday, November 11th
Romani Dance Celebration
featuring Balkan band EDESSA
plus special guest CAROL SILVERMAN
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Traditional Romani dance lessons with Sani Rifati,
8:00 p.m. / show at 9:00 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with the Pacific Film Archive to present a controversial and fascinating recent documentary about Romanies in Macedonia. The screening will take place the evening of the conference, Thursday November 10th at 7:30 pm at the Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California.
Shutka Book of Records (2005, Czech Republic)
Mystics cavort with goofballs in this wily documentary about the Shutka neighborhood of Skopje, Macedonia, the largest Romani (“Gypsy”) quarter in Europe. Everyone here is the proud champion of something – Residents boast of their fighting geese, music collections, and vampire hunting fetes – but melancholy loiters amidst the dervishes and wideboys. This deceptively lighthearted film delves into the idiosyncrasies of daily life in a large Romani ghetto and brings to light the persecution of Europe’s largest transnational minority. Variously called madcap and mocking by critics, this alluring film by Alexander Manic exposes the isolation skulking behind every wide smile and strut.
Introduced by Sandra Ristovska, University of Pennsylvania. Silencing Images: The Controversy of Shutka Book of Records