The Video-Documentation Fund

The Video-Documentation Fund contains thousands of video-material items stored in an analogue (VHS, Hi8 and MiniDV cassettes) or digital (DVDs, mp4 or avi files) form.

It contains primarily video-records taken by the Museum staff during more than 20 years – e.g. performances of bands, which play traditional Roma music, works of and interviews with Roma craftsmen, artists and sculptors, testimonies of witnesses of the Roma Holocaust, of post-war settlement in the Czech Republic or activities of the Union of the Gypsy-Roma. We also focus on documenting Roma family traditions, such as weddings, christenings and funerals. Our records were created mainly in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but they also include research carried out in Poland, Romania and Austria.

The Museum also documents its own activities for the public – number of openings, concerts, literary readings, accompanying programmes to exhibitions or memorial acts held during the existence of the Museum.

Under the auspices of the Museum a growing number of documentaries is being created, such as …These dark memories (2002, dir. Monika Rychlíková) about the Roma Holocaust, film presenting the Museum of Romani Culture (2008, dir. Anna Juránková), a portrait of an Austrian artist entitled “Live!” Ceija Stojka (2009, dir. Anna Babjárová) or a trio of films about Roma athletes entitled “The World Without Frontiers” (2014, dir. Martin Chlup).

In addition to its own records, the Video-Fund also tries to cover generally feature films, documentary films and journalistic work dealing with the Romani culture and history, both domestic and foreign; it includes some rare archival records, too.

Our own records of the fund are available to researchers, students and the public, subject to license conditions.

The operator of the Video-Fund prepares a regular cycle of projections, the so-called Film Thursdays in the Moravian Library.

Curator: MgA Anna Babjárová (formerly Juránková)

Contact: video@rommuz.cz