A Roma actor has won the best actor award at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
Nazif Mujic, the real-life protagonist of the Bosnian docudrama Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker), won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the closing ceremony of the Berlinale in the German capital on Saturday.
The movie, which was directed by Danis Tanovic, is about impoverished Mujic’s desperate attempts to pay for his wife’s emergency operation.
“I think he (Mujic) feels like Neil Armstrong when he went to the moon, seriously… And I really do hope it is going to change his life for the better,” Tanovic said.
The Roma, also called the Romany, are an impoverished ethnic group that has been persecuted for 500 years. They live mostly in southern and eastern Europe in camps, caravans, or informal settlements.
Between 220,000 and 1.5 million Roma were killed in World War II.
And the Roma are still the most suppressed people in Europe.