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Sacha Zanko - Lecture of March 26, 2012 (2012)


Ethnographic documentary

Direction : Marc Bordigoni
Production : Idemec
Length : 32 minutes
Language : French



The 5th Festival of Gypsy cultures Latcho divano (“the fine meeting" in Romani) was held in Marseille from March 26 to April 10, 2012. For this edition, Sacha Zanko, french Roma living in Provence, was invited by the organizers to present his experience of the romani language and culture at a public lecture. This documentary is the video record of the lecture given by Sacha Zanko on March 26, 2012 in Ostau dau país marselhés in Marseille (France).

Based on collective and family memories resulting from the oral tradition, and being fully in it, Sacha Zanko discusses about the origins and history of the Roma people, of few of its traditions and Romani (language of Roma). In a first time, while reminding the recent creation (or re-creation) of Romani’s transcription, he makes a reading and translation show. He then describes alternately the Indo-European origins of the Roma and their language, successive westward migrations, the diaspora and the different communities, origins (among others) of the words "Gypsy" and "Sinti", the World Congress of London in 1971, religious beliefs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (France) and the "canonization" of Sainte Sara, Sara e kali (Sara the black).


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