What Life is like Here

Jasmina, Toplica and Claudia live in an informal settlement on the outskirts of Belgrade. Like other Roma families in the neighboring shacks, they live in extreme poverty as a result of discrimination and exclusion. Through experiences of migration and deportation to and from Germany, Jasmina lives separated from her parents and brothers. This film looks into the struggles of making a living on the margins of society. It also explores how the protagonists remember life in Western Europe and hope to go back there in the near future. Jasmina’s and Tony’s everyday life is permeated by thoughts of escaping, migrating and providing Jasmina’s daughter with a better prospect of life.

Marlene Wynants

Marlene Wynants studied a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology in Hamburg and an MA in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. This film is the final project of the MA at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. She has also worked as a researcher on an oral history archive project conducting interviews with witnesses of Nazi Germany and is currently working on a video project with Roma people seeking asylum in Hamburg/Germany.