With a population of more than 12 million, the Roma constitute Europe’s largest minority. Across the continent, Roma face pervasive discrimination and are consistently socially, economically and politically marginalized. More than half way through the Decade of Roma Inclusion, we see the continued segregation, impoverishment and misunderstanding of Roma communities and a rise of strongly anti Roma right-wing political parties and movements throughout Central and Eastern Europe. In the former Yugoslavia, thousands of Roma have been displaced by war and remain stateless persons often living in catastrophic conditions since their forced displacement from their homes. In Western Europe, Roma, whether EU citizens or third country asylum seekers remain at the very edge of society and seriously lack not only political but also civil representation .


Media has tremendous power to inform social attitudes and change perceptions. While it has the potential to be a powerful tool in the fight for equality, throughout Europe, the media are still in fact reproducing stereotypes through a static conception of culture, the content of reporting and the roles distributed to ethnic minority spokespeople. Stereotypes abound when there is a distance. And it is fear which creates distance. The fear of people, including many journalists, to enter a seemingly dangerous, „ghetto”-like space and the fear and distrust of minority communities towards the media. The fear divide is one of the main reasons why information about minorities in the media is distorted from the very beginning of the news-making process. Distanced reporting creates a culture of fear and a sense of emergency which leads to prejudice, discrimination and sometimes deadly ethnically motivated violence.


The Romedia Foundation’s mission is to use media as a tool to bring about societal change, by giving a voice to Roma throughout Europe. The Romedia Foundation aims to break the cycle of fear by creating a space for Roma to share their stories and culture, allowing them to present themselves in a balanced way that combats static conceptions of Roma culture.

Ethnic Minority Film Festival 2007

Prize for Best Visual Representation 2007– Granada – the Maya Family

48th Monte Carlo Television Festival

Nomination for Best News Documentary 2008 – Trapped – the Forgotten Story of the Mitrovica Roma

My Native Land International Television Festival

Prize for Best Television Production 2008 – Trapped – the Forgotten Story of the Mitrovica Roma

FIPA (International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes)

Nomination for Best Reportage and Current Affairs Programme 2009 – Trapped – the Forgotten Story of the Mitrovica Roma

CIVIS Media Prize for Diversity
Nomination for Best Information Programme 2009 – Lashi Vita
Festival des Libertés
Nomination for Best Documentary 2009 – Lashi Vita
My Native Land International Television Festival
Prize for Best Visual Representation 2009 – Ukraine 2008