The program series
The series will consist of 24 programmes produced in 12 countries (2 per country). Each program will cover different aspects of- and facts about the genocide of the Roma, as well as its impact on Roma populations today, starting from local events important for the local community. The production will involve local Roma communities, Roma media professionals, and local and international expert historians.
Each program will be composed of audio and video podcasts, and additional educational materials and tools (using different media: text, video, audio) in Romani, English and the local majority language. The series will be presented on an online platform, which will dedicate a different page for each programme. The choice of new media as the project’s format was based on the different preferences and profiles within our target groups. A combination of traditional media (terrestrial radio broadcasting) and online media (including social media) allow a much faster and broader dissemination of our content presented by the series.
The project will be promoted and broadcast within the set-up process of a transnational European Roma broadcasting network, combining Europe’s Roma community- and state radio broadcasters into one web-radio network, promoting identity building and self-empowerment. This project aims to contribute to the effort to give the diverse Roma communities across Europe a strong, united voice on this topic as a tool for self-empowerment. Only an empowered Roma community can reverse the situation of poverty and persecution many of them live in. An essential part of that sense of cohesion is a more profound knowledge of the shared Roma past, of which the genocide in WWII is an essential factor.
Outreach, distribution and dissemination
The project hub is based in the Netherlands and will be connected, through a web-based media platform, to different Roma partners and audiences in other countries with Roma minorities. Through its web-based nature, the developed interactive platform will be open to the general public anywhere in the world. A particular social media strategy will promote the series to the general audiences and provide tools for further sharing.