IDEADONNA is committed in raising awareness over issues related to the safeguard of human and civil rights of minorities. It has supported the production of a visual art work which shed an unusual light on the condition of Romani people.


This work by Cristiano Berti allows us to get acquainted with two Roma singers of Slovak nationality, Ferko Duda and Martinka Dudová. Along with photographs, texts and recordings of songs, there is a moving video documenting their journey to the Czech village of Lety, a symbol of the Porrajmos. Against the backdrop of the great theme of recognition and inclusion of ethnic minorities, seen from the side of the safeguard of historical memory, it develops an intimate and engaging discourse on the physical difference, showing implicitly – thanks to the talent and the poetry of the two singers – how disability may also be a different ability.

The artwork, done in 2009, has been promoted by IDEADONNA and financially supported by the Sompan Foundation (UK) and has been exhibited in Italy and abroad, in exhibitions and festivals. Among the former there are Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush in London (2012) and A Virtual Memorial in Riga (2012) and Vilnius (2013); among the latter the festival Filmer a tout prix of Brussels and XXXFuorifestival of Pesaro (2013). You can watch the video of Lety in two online collections, Shoah Film Collection and Roma Media Archive, or on the artist’s website.

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