Children of the Open Road

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Children of the Open Road

Children of the Open Road

Release Date: January 01, 1992

Year    :   1992
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   History, Drama
Production Companies    :   Panorama Films (CH), Lichtblick Film, wega film vienna
Director    :   Urs Egger
Producers    :   Urs Egger, Peter Spoerri, Peter Spoerri, Johannes Bösiger
Writers    :   Johannes Bösiger
RunTime    :   117 mins.

In 1939, after barely escaping the Nazis, a Gypsy family returns to Switzerland only to be torn apart by racial persecution in the benign guise of children's welfare. This fictionalized story of Jana, an eight-year-old Gypsy girl snatched from her parents and consigned to a life of orphanages and bleak foster homes, is based on a little-known chapter of Swiss history: From 1926 to 1972, the state-supported Pro Juventute, a children's aid foundation, forcibly removed some 700 Gypsy children from their families, in order to sever the ties with their culture and assimilate them to a "better way of life." The underlying aim was to preempt a new generation's caravans from following their nomadic traditions along Switzerland's country lanes.

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