Offsite Wednesday 29 March 2023, 8:30pm Price: £12 standard, £10 concessions, £6 Close-Up members Donate today Subtitles

Serpentine Cinema presents ROM, Menelaos Karamaghiolis’ award-winning 1989 documentary, hailed as “a turning point and landmark for Greek documentary film history.”

In 1979, the UN recognised the Romani tribe by its ancestral name, ROM. A decade later, this daring documentary pioneered in using the term for the first time in the Greek public sphere and attempted to give a true picture of the Romani people in Europe, following four different paths expressed by four narrators.

The Teacher presents the roots of the Roma, analysing rare historical references as though reading from the margins of history. The Photographer documents in pictures the present reality of a people who have never had a written tradition or an official history. Tamara guides us through ancient myths, stories, and terrors that express an entire common history, while Aima introduces us to the gaze of a new generation that looks to the future, seeking a new identity tied to the present day.

Presented in collaboration with Close-Up.

Supported by Rodeo, London/Piraeus.

Curated by
Kostas Stasinopoulos, Curator, Live Programmes

Curatorial Assistant
Eva Speight

Production Coordinator
Bea Redweik

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