Opening night “Come to light”

Date: 19 / 11 /2020 | 18:00–20:00
Place: Online-Event
Live Streaming: 
In German & English language

How does a person live in the shadows without ever being able to reveal their own identity? For many Romani people in Europe this is unfortunately still part of their daily life.

We open this year’s festival with a short film and a feature documentary: LINDY. THE RETURN OF LITTLE LIGHT by Ida Persson Lännerberg, which deals with the challenge of Swedish actor, dancer and singer Lindy Larsson to come out with his Romani identity, to come into the light. The short film TRAVELLER PRIDE by Julie Colman also offers a reflection on the entanglement of Roma and LGBT identity. The cabaret artist and actress Idil Baydar will be the host of our opening night. After the screenings there will be the opportunity to exchange ideas with the producer Lisa Smith (TRAVELLER PRIDE) and the protagonist Lindy Larsson.


Dr. Klaus Lederer
Senator for Culture and Europe and Mayor of Berlin, Patron ofthe Festival
Hamze Bytyçi
Artistic Director
Veronika Patočková
Head of Production
Idil Baydar
Actress and Cabaret Artist, Moderator
Screening and Q&A
Short biography:
  • Idil Baydar
  • Idil Baydar
  • Idil Baydar is a German actress and comedian. Her fictional characters, the Berlin-based Gerda Grischke and Jilet Ayşe, a young Turkish woman from Kreuzberg, became known via YouTube. Her YouTube channel, on which Idil has been presenting self-written and self-played pieces on topics from everyday life as well as society and politics since 2011, achieved ...
  • Lisa Smith
  • Lisa Smith
  • Lisa Smith is chair of ACERT (The Advisory Council for the Education of Romani & other Travellers) and currently Youth Editor at Travellers’ Times a national magazine for Gypsy, Roma and Travellers supporting young people through journalism, media and training programmes. Lisa is also a Creative Producer and has worked on a number of drama ...

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