Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Dom za vesanje (Time of the Gypsies)

Emir Kusturica (1989)

Yugoslavia, UK, Italy

Genre: Drama

In making this film, director Kusturica had been impressed by an article about the illegal trafficking of Gypsy children over the Italian border, one of the top media stories in Yugoslavia at the time. The film focuses on the story of the Romani teenager, Perhan, who is forced by circumstances to migrate from Macedonia to Milan where he gets involved with an underground crime ring. The film is almost entirely shot in the Romani language and is one of the earliest European films to feature, by mixing in magical realist elements, the plight of illegal migrations on the margins of society.

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