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Four documentaries were produced by the Center for Independent Journalism in a project supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Production teams involved young Roma journalists, cameramen, editors including alumni of CIJ’s Roma Mainstream Media Internship Program. The goal of producing these documentaries was to reflect shared values and the search for solutions based on mutual understanding between different groups of society. The films were shown on the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2009 in DocuArt centre with the participation of Dr. Judit Demeter, President of the Equal Treatment Authority and Raphaël Varga van Kibéd, Deputy Head of Mission and Peter van der Bloemen Second Secretary of the Political Depratment of the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Building Walls – Producer: Gyula Galyas

Interviews with government officials, civil activists and the President of the Equal Treatment Auhority to show data and features of institutional discrimination against Roma in Hungary, especially in the areas of housing and education.

Ruined – Producer: Norbert Szirmai

The story of a Roma family of 10 people living in a shack on a no-man’s-land near Budapest three years after they had been evicted from their home.

Now You are Allowed to Compete – Producer: Ferenc Papinot

Two parallel stories of two outstanding sportsmen with impaired vision and their efforts to participate in competitions at home and internationally. The documentary shows their efforts to become sports trainers and also successful in daily life.

The Child as a Bait – Producer: Center for Independent Journalism

This documentary shows how child-related topics can be used by media to attract attention of readers and also how children’s rights are often abused by these coverages, how reporters are unaware of the vulnerability of children portrayed.