The outsiders: Bulgaria’s Roma

Bulgaria (© Dennis Jarvis)

For over seven centuries, the Roma, the gypsies of Eastern and Central Europe, have been thought of as mysterious, mischievous, romantic and somehow menacing. They were said to be skilled violinists, fortune tellers, beggars and thieves. But this romantic image, if ever it were true, bears little resemblance to the harsh and grim reality of many Roma in present-day Eastern Europe. 

Producer: Eric Beauchemin

Broadcast: September 18, 1998