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Just as every morning before going to work, Salcuta listens to the radio. A politician claims that Roma don’t try to integrate in France - and they ought to go home! It sounds ferocious and harsh. Salcuta has often heard such remarks since she came to France in 2002 with her two young children.
These words speak of exclusion, revealing a rising wave of prejudice towards the Roma community. So…are they destined to remain third-class Europeans? From the eviction from the shantytown and the destruction of her caravan by police forces until the time she moves into the apartment at nr. 8 Avenue Lenin in the town of Achères, fifteen years pass by. Over this long period, a close relationship has developed between the filmmakers, Anna Pitoun and Valérie Mitteaux, and this courageous Roma woman and her family.
Today, Salcuta has a job, an apartment and she is paying taxes. But integration is not just an administrative matter and, with the economic crisis, other problems arise. But Salcuta faces problems squarely. As a European she has made her choice: home is right here!
Festivals and Awards:
2018: BIDF – Budapest Inernational Documentary Festival - official competition. January 2018.FESTIVAL - en compétition- janvier 2018
2017: Selected for the « Intl. Programme » - 60th DOK Leipzig Festival, 30 Oct. - 5 Nov., Leipzig, Germany.