Lashi Vita
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“Lashi Vita” means “beautiful life” in the hybrid mixture of Italian and Romanes spoken by Italy’s Roma immigrants. This news documentary was shot in August and September of 2008 and follows the shocking story of Roma in Italy. In 2007, the murder of an Italian woman by a Roma immigrant sparked an unprecedented wave of anti Roma hate speech, xenophobic policies and racially motivated violence reminiscent of the darkest days of European history. Roma Journalist Katalin Barsony reports from Naples to Rome, covering an explosive situation in which EU legislation on human rights seems to have become irrelevant and freedom of information is under threat as the television crew is arrested by police in Rome. This film, shot in one of the oldest and largest democracies in the EU, raises serious questions the strength of Europe’s commitment to democracy, rule of law and protection of human rights.