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Hungarian film that takes cue from recent Gypsy killings premieres at Berlin festival
BERLIN (AP) ' A film with an amateur Roma cast that takes its cue from a 2008-9 series of deadly attacks on Roma, or Gypsies, in Hungary has made its debut at the Berlin film festival.
Director Bence Fliegauf said Thursday he hopes that "Just the Wind," one of 18 movies competing for the festival's top Golden Bear award, "is going to make a difference."
Roma, who make up an estimated 5-8 percent of Hungary's 10 million people, battle deep prejudice and have been deeply affected by the loss of guaranteed jobs after the end of communism over 20 years ago.
Fliegauf says he hopes that tackling the problem in a film will "do something for the image of Hungary."
"Just the Wind," depicts the life of a Roma family against the quietly menacing backdrop of a series of murders in their neighborhood.