You may have noticed that several of my collections are titled using the word “Gypsy”. The use of this word, which depending on where you live on the planet, can be construed to be offensive, is used by me with the sweetest of affection for a people group I have been privileged to be introduced to and included among. I’ve written about that here.
I cant possibly begin to define the misery of the racism they endure. But a girlfriend of mine – Kate Petrick – who took a few of those trips with me – has used her talent as a film maker to create a documentary about their plight. I have known Kate since she was 14 and have watched her, video camera in hand, grow into a talented woman who is taking a stand for this people group we both love. If you would like to know more about the Gypsies plight – or would like to help in any way, please watch her Documentary “Welcome Nowhere: The story of the boxcar Gypsies.”
WELCOME NOWHERE is a feature documentary that tells the story of a community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) struggling to find their place in the world after centuries of racism. (Formerly known as DARK END OF THE STREET)
Produced and Directed by Kate Ryan Narrated by Ethan Hawke Cinematography by Mirella Contoli Original Score by Nathan Matthew David Narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, Welcome Nowhere tells the true story of one community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) in Sofia, Bulgaria, who live in old train boxcars after being forcibly evicted from their homes. Without bathrooms or proper sanitation for more than 200 people, they hold on to hope that the government will soon follow through on its promise of better housing. Yet year after year, their living conditions only worsen, and the community is struggling to survive with what little they have. Welcome Nowhere documents their fight for new homes, better opportunities for their children, and ultimately, their place in the world.
Words cant express how PROUD I am of my friend Kate and the blood sweat passion and tears she has poured into this project all on her own. She’s fighting for this people group who no one else has the cajones to stand up for. Shes speaking for a voiceless people group and I couldn’t be more proud or thankful for what she has done and is doing to make a change in this world and for these people I have fallen so madly in love with. Please visit her site – like her facebook – contribute to her film – support any of this project any way you can if you want to help end the atrocities of racism. Thanks