Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Welcome Nowhere

The story of a community of Roma who have no other choice but to live in boxcars amidst deplorable conditions is examined in this documentary from Bulgaria. After their homes are razed to build a supermarket, the city of Sofia, Bulgaria temporarily houses the disenfranchised and persecuted Roma in boxcars, but a permanent housing solution never materialized. After 10 years of living in squalor, poverty, and disease, there still is no solution to the problem.

Welcome Nowhere presents the subject matter in a warts-and-all, matter of fact way and places blame equally on both politicians and Roma alike, but I never felt the filmmakers had a particular point of view. I was confused as to whether the filmmakers were trying to enlighten, exploit, or condemn.

Here's a link to the trailer:

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