I heard about the movie Cigan from friends who did a news report on it when it premiered in 2011. We bought the DVD and were surprised that we knew so many of the actors in the film including a few from a school we work with in Kezmarok. But the biggest surprise came when I couldn't place where I knew the woman who played the part of the mother. I just knew I knew her though!
Fast forward to this past Wednesday night and the first meeting of the new fellowship which is being formed in Detva. When I walked in, I saw Martina. Her sister Olinka is one of the leaders of the fellowship in Cinobana. Martina and her children had attended the Roma camp which is where I had met them. I recognized Martina as the actress from the film. I laughed with Olinka about whether I should ask for Martina's autograph!
The film is Slovakia's submission to try to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.