A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma is a journey into the world of the Roma (commonly referred to as Gypsies)—a people who through the ages have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture, politics and art, and who have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution. Visiting 11 countries and interviewing dozens of Roma artists, historians, musicians and Holocaust survivors, this revealing film documents their culturally rich but often difficult lives, taking us back to ancient times and forward to the little-known story of Roma genocide at the hands of Nazis during World War II. As we watch the incredible story of the Roma unfold, both the people and their history come to life through the interplay of their evocative music and poetry, interwoven with true stories told by the survivors of the camps. As intolerance is on the rise in European politics, this remarkable film reminds us that ethnic minorities all too often fall prey to racism and genocide. Director Aaron Yeger talks about the Roma’s on-going struggle for basic human rights, dignity and the fight to be seen as more than a pop-culture stereotype.
“Much of this movie is composed of survivors who give harrowing accounts of their experiences, and their warnings about rising ethnic hatred in Europe should not be ignored.” – Andrew Webster, New York Times
“Profoundly moving, a powerful documentary on the plight of the Roma people through history… an expansive essay on prejudice and the resilience of the human spirit. 4 stars” – T’Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
“Needed no star power to keep me glued to the screen…A one-of-a-kind find…a virtually unknown piece of history… a fascinating, hyperbole-free inquiry into what one recent study determined is the most discriminated-against group in all of Europe.” – Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine
“The most vital portrait of genocide since Lanzmann’s Shoah.” 4 Stars – Greg Klymkiw, Producer, Journalist, Filmmaker