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Better Side, The
Scene from "The Better Side" (photo courtesy of Andreas Perzl)

The boy sitting at the railway station, wistfully observing passing trains, is called Joci. His village, Nyirmihálydi, is a Roma settlement in the east of Hungary. Nyirmihálydi is a place where people live according to their own traditions, dance to their own music and speak their own language. It is a place where growing up means getting ready to follow in your father´s footsteps. Joci, however, dreams of a life beyond the railway tracks. What awaits him, if he opposes his father and leaves his village? The Better Side accompanies Joci in his everyday life, trying to find his roots, and his journey to Budapest, a world unknown and filled with promise.

Janek Romero was born in 1979 in Starnberg. After working for “Publicis”, a company producing commercials located in Munich, he began to study Audiovisual Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. Since 2002 he has been studying at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg, with the main focus on directing documentary films. In 2006 he worked for the Goethe-Institut in Barcelona and as a commissioning editor for the cultural news on Barcelona Televisió. His films include: Kanakmaen (2000), Open Your Eyes (2003), Ciao Warschau (2003), Fremd (2004), and The Better Side (Die bessere Seite, 2005).
Genre Music, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2006
Director Janek Romero
Screenplay Janek Romero
Cinematography Frank Lamm
Katja Fischer
Friedemann von Rechenberg
Producer Andreas Perzl
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Length 43 min
Format color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Stereo
With backing from Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg

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