#social inclusion  #romance  #human rights 

Paradise Hotel

Tzvetelina Sophia

Documentary - 52' - Bulgaria - 2010

At the outskirts of a provincial town in Bulgaria, the administration built a housing facility designed to picture the social ‚ÄěParadise" - an impressive building which had all it takes, from parquet floors to intercom, the coveted hot water central, street lamps, benches under murmuring apple trees. Someone called the place Paradise Hotel - and the name stuck. But with the years the block gradually changed. The parquet disappeared. The water stopped. The lights went off. Now it is inhabited by 1500 Roma people, and each of the inhabitants has a plan how to get back the dream of Paradise Lost. A documentary about panel integration, love, misery, and a lot of dreams, captures the contrasting way of life of the Roma community. At the fringe of the city and of society, they survive, dream, fall in love, and get married within their atypical paradise. The film is made with a detached, oniric approach, with takes it beyond the social topic.

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