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The Deathless Woman

Poland, UK, 2019, 89mins, Cert.15
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The Deathless Woman is a film about important events in Roma history and how they are still relevant today. Let the ghost of a Roma matriarch lead you on a journey through archives and landscapes as she tells the story of what she witnessed during WWII, and how this affects Roma people today.

Researching this hidden history, an artist is impelled to leave dusty documents behind and follow the story of a woman who was shot eight times but does not die. The soaring camera mimics her spirit as it haunts the beautiful landscapes that hide such ugly crimes. She is a harbinger of future persecution, but also a witness to the survival of a people that persist through their unique spirituality.

The Deathless Woman, has recently been the subject of a long-reads article in the Independent newspaper.

Before the screening there will be an introduction from Dr Marketa Dolezalova (Postoctoral Fellow, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds).

Content Warning: This film includes testimony of war crimes, including genocide, persecution and racist violence.


Before the screening we will also be hosting a Free Romani Language Workshop, led by Juice Vamosi, a Roma language expert and translator.

All are welcome and you can either reserve your place when you book your film tickets, or you can click here to book a place for the workshop only.

Juice will tell some of the histories of the Romani language, its similarities to Hindi and other Indo-Aryan languages, how it evolved in different ways as people moved to or through different countries and some of the 'loan words' picked up or given. Following this, there will be a chance to ask questions, and to practise some words in various dialects.

Juice Vamosi grew up in a Roma community in Hungary and currently lives in Oldham. He is an expert in Romani dialects and has been an adviser on language and other Roma issues to many global organisations, TV channels, schools and universities. He has produced film & TV projects about Roma life and is the founder of Kaskosan, a charity whose mission is to build the capabilities, life chances and well-being of Roma communities in the UK.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


“Effortlessly weaves together how the historical persecution of Romani people connects with their present day reality”
Ake Dikhea, Festival of Romani Film
“A Captivating experimental feature”
Screen on Screen
“A remarkable piece of work”
Trisha Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director

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