This documentary celebrates the vibrant culture and tenacious struggle of the Canadian Gypsy and introduces a new generation of Roma who claim their roots with pride. They call themselves by their rightful name, the Roma. Almost 80,000 call Canada home. Meet Julia Lovell, a passionate defender of Roma human rights, whose father is slowly gaining the confidence to reveal his heritage; and Karen Gray Boothroyd, a flamenco dancer just beginning to reclaim her Gypsy roots.
Ages 14 to 17
Diversity - Identity
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
After discussing the basis of Roma identity, students prepare a presentation that presents the culture(s) with which they themselves identify, indicating the elements that constitute culture. Is mainstream culture invisible? Students research current issues surrounding refugee status for Roma in Canada. Students research opinions and stereotypes about Roma in their community via a survey of family and friends – would Roma people face discrimination in local neighbourhoods? Hold an event to educate about Roma and enjoy flamenco music and dance.