International Roma Day 2022: The Deathless Woman film screening and panel discussion

  • Date: 4 April 2022
  • Time: 17:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Helmore 251, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
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Film still of a woman by a river and the words 'The Deathless Woman: A Film by Roz Mortimer'

To celebrate International Roma Day (8 April) and commemorate the experiences of Roma people in the Holocaust, Prof Margaret Greenfields and Dr David Smith warmly invite you to a screening and panel discussion of the award-winning film The Deathless Woman, followed by a discussion with the film's Director, Dr Roz Mortimer, and an expert panel of Roma and non-Roma academics, historians and educationalists.

All are welcome.

Running order

5pm: Room opens
5.15pm: Introductions
5.30pm: Film screening (film lasts 1 hour 29 minutes)
7pm: Break
7.15pm: Panel discussion
8pm: End

About the film

The Deathless Woman is a fantastical re-imagining of the history of the Roma people. Spanning 77 years from the murder of a Roma matriarch by Nazi soldiers in a forest in Poland in 1942 to the rise of the far-right in contemporary Europe, this documentary thriller takes us on an intense journey led by the ghost of the matriarch and a character based on the filmmaker herself.

This hybrid film combines first-person witness testimony with Mortimer’s unique brand of re-enactment. Eight years in the making, and created with the support and participation of Roma communities in the UK, Poland and Hungary, The Deathless Woman is an elegiac and urgent film. A ghost story for the 21st century.

Watch the trailer for The Deathless Woman.

"A powerful and poetic account of WWII Roma genocide and its contemporary resurrection. Hugely successful on both an artistic and a political level, it is a remarkable piece of work."

Trisha Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director

"Mortimer’s The Deathless Woman is to be commended for an ambitious and novel approach toward the documentary genre. Using a hybrid documentary format, the film combines oral history with fantasy to bring past and present in dialogue with each other.

The film explores the marginalised histories of the Roma from World War 2 to the present day, investigating how landscapes maintain and hold the testimonies of atrocity, seeing the land as witness to trauma."

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies jury

Panel members

Dr Roz Mortimer, (Film Director), University of the Creative Arts, London is a London-based artist, filmmaker and researcher. She has an MA in Visual Sociology (Goldsmiths), a PhD in Hybrid Documentary Film (Westminster, CREAM) and is a Senior Lecturer in Film at University for the Creative Arts.

Her award-winning films have been exhibited widely around the world in cinemas, galleries, film festivals, online and on television and have been commissioned by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), Animate Projects and Channel 4 Television.

Roz’s most recent work has come out of a long engagement with Holocaust witnesses and Roma communities in the UK, Poland and Hungary, resulting in a collection of works that have culminated in her hybrid documentary feature The Deathless Woman.

Dr Rosamaria Cisneros (virtual attendance), CDaRE, Coventry University is a dancer, choreographer, dance historian, Roma scholar, sociologist and peace activist. Her PhD is in sociology with a focus on Roma women, intersectionality, dialogic feminism and communicative methodologies. She has taught throughout Europe and the US and is involved in a range of EU funded projects which aim to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities.

Rosamaria sits on a number of international Boards: Roma Coventry Project (UK), Drom Kotar Mestipen Roma Women's Association (Spain) and the Early Dance Circle (UK). Her dance films have screened in the UK and several countries and her latest documentary won best documentary from the UK in 2016. Rosamaria collaborates closely with the University of Barcelona’s Centre for Research on Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities (CREA).

Prof Rainer Schulze is an Emeritus Professor of Modern European History at the University of Essex. Between 2005 and 2011, he was Head of the Department of History at the University of Essex, and from 2005 to 2011 was Director of the University of Essex's Human Rights Centre. He is founding editor of The Holocaust in History and Memory (seven vols. since 2008).

His research interests include genocide, ethnic cleansing and forced migrations in the twentieth century; the role of film and photographs for collective memory formation; the history of Roma and Sinti and of anti-Roma racism in Europe; and LGBTIQ history.

Dr Marius Taba is a Romanian Roma who is currently working with NHS Doncaster CCG as a Gypsy/Traveller/Roma Community Link officer. Since February 2021 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends, Families and Travellers. He has more than 20 years of experience in social development supporting Roma communities at local and international level.

Marius has expertise in school inclusiveness and desegregation and is an experienced advocacy manager. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bucharest and currently lectures on the Romani Studies Masters Program at SNSPA, Political Science Faculty in Bucharest, Romania.

  • Date: 4 April 2022
  • Time: 17:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Helmore 251, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Book via Eventbrite