On the court, they are not Serb, Albanian or Roma. The lanky teenage boys are all members of ‘Play 017’, a basketball team that is bridging ethnic divides in southern Serbia. The team is based in Bujanovac, an Albanian-majority town near the border with Kosovo where different communities live side-by-side but lead largely segregated lives.
On the outskirts of Budapest, the world’s only Romani fashion studio designs clothes with traditional Romani motifs. The brand’s founder Erika Varga hopes the clothes can help blaze a trail for Roma traditions and integration as well as encourage women in business.
Filmmakers including Pawel Pawlikowski, Boots Riley, John Waters and “Roma” producer Nicolas Celis discuss whether films need to have a theatrical release to be eligible for Oscar nominations. (March 6)
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Hundreds of neighbours, gathered in a square in the Roma district of Mexico city which inspired the celebrated film by Alfonso Cuarón, jump from their seats, applaud and shout to celebrate each of the three Oscars clinched by Alfonso Cuaron’s love letter to his 1970s childhood, including that of the best director.
Alfonso Cuaron bagged a hat trick of Oscars for “Roma,” his love letter to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, but controversial civil rights drama “Green Book” crashed his party with a win for best picture.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron says his film “Roma” and its many nominations have “opened up a whole conversation that was so necessary” about the rights of domestic workers in both the US and Mexico, as he arrives on the red carpet ahead of the annual Academy Awards.
Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of the Oscars’ ceremony, the Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, wears a pin in support of his fellow Venezuelans who “are going through a terrible crisis.” Dudamel also says he is happy Latin American culture is being represented in cinema, praising Mexican Director Alfonso Cuaron, whose film “Roma” is nominated for 10 awards.
Directors who are up for Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category describe the importance of the nomination, saying they are “so proud” to represent their countries. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose film “Never Look Away” is nominated for Germany, adds that he thinks Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, whose film “Roma” is nominated in 10 categories, will win Best Foreign Film.
Just like Cleo, the live-in nanny in Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-nominated film ‘Roma’, millions of women are working in domestic service across Latin America for want of a better opportunity.
Netflix black-and-white production “Roma” triumphs at the Bafta film awards, boosting Oscar hopes for the US streaming giant whose rise poses a serious challenge to the conventional Hollywood business model.