Roma Digital Heritage (Ágnes Daróczi’s archive)

Ágnes Daróczi’s VHS archive was digitized in the framework of the course The Politics of Representation in the Spring semester of 2018-2019. While the archive mostly contains footage recorded for the television magazine program Patrin, it also includes some documentaries and feature films. In addition to being digitized, the material was also organized and archived and tagged. The students digitizing the materials also held presentations on the material processed. Processing entailed the following information: program dates of production and broadcast, segments of the program (interviews, reports), short description of footage (location, date and time, participants, topic), keywords related to the content, and the name of the student who processed the material.

Students participating in the project: Attila Szilárd Barabás, Lili Bárdon, Virág Belányi, Daniella Bihon, Fanni Petra Brünner, Míra Dercze Németh, Noémi Farkas, Minka Fendle, Csenge Füzy, Anna Gergely, Alexandra Gróf, Gergely Máté Horváth, Réka Klein, Alexandra Zsanett Komlós, Nikoletta Kovács, György Láng, Boglárka Katalin Lestyán, Li Xi, Eszter Liktor, Dániel Bence Litványi, Eszter Maródi, Fanni Réka Meliska, Athena Larose Mercier, Rita Méri, Blanka Mészáros, Borbála Mink, Dominika Andrea Nagy, Péter Pesti, Laura Posgay, Bence Soma Sas, Sophie Natalie Schimke, Eufrozina Erzsébet Serdült, Anna Szalai, Ágnes Szilvia Varga, Kata Zsófia Varga, Zsuzsa Varga, Mónika Wintermans, Sára Zólyomi

How was the material archived?

Each VHS tape was given a number, and each number is linked to 3-4 files.

– 1 video file (the material digitized, which is not published here),

– one presentation or talk (these were presented by students in class),

– one Word file, a “summary” (a short description of the material),

– another Word file, an “essay” (summarizing the content of the given tape in essay form)

When a tape contains more than one program/broadcast, students digitized it either separately or combined, resulting in several video files in the latter case. Normally each student processed one tape, except when the material on the tape was unusually long. After the first 34 tapes had been processed, students did not receive further tapes in sequence at the ELTE Media Studio. The tapes skipped are to be digitized in a later phase. 47 of the 127 tapes have been digitized by the students to date. These included one damaged tape (no. 008) and several blank ones, and some tapes included irrelevant materials (films irrelevant to the archive), as noted by students in the summaries. Tape no. 029 was digitized twice by mistake, and both versions were kept in the interest of security. The outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic interrupted processing in spring 2020, but the work will hopefully resume shortly. The films have been digitized for research purposes. While their publication is not possible due to copyright concerns, they are accessible at the Media Studies Department of ELTE.

The following list includes processed tapes in a numerical order. As described above, each item number is followed by 1-4 files in pdf format, depending on the types of materials generated in the course of processing. One is the presentation of the video material in the form of a talk (talk), the second is a textual summary (summary), and the third covers the contents in essay form (essay).

001 Porajmos – survivor stories (001 talk, 001 summary, and essay)

002 Péter Hack on a proposed anti-discrimination law (talk:, 002 summary)

003 Porajmos, Megöltétek ártatlan családom [You Have Killed my Innocent Family], ritual for breaking the mourning period (talk:, 003 summary)

004 Richter family of acrobats, Temetetlen holtak [Unburied Dead],  Porajmos survivors (talk:, 004 summary)

005 Blessing of unleavened break in Hodász (005 talk, 005 summary, 005 essay)

006 Hej gettó megetted a fejemet [Hey, ghetto, you have eaten my head], (006 talk, 006 summary, 006 essay)

007 Documentaries by Miklós Jancsó and József Böjte (007 talk, 007 summary, 007 essay)

008 (irrelevant content)

009 Porajmos – survivor stories (009 talk, 009 summary, 009 essay, 009-2 talk, 009-2 summary, 009-2 essay)

010 (irrelevant content)011 (blank tape)

012 (irrelevant content)

013 Reportage about Béla Balogh (013 talk, 013 summary and essay)

014 Dance recordings, interviews, Porajmos – survivor stories (014 talk, 014 summary, 014 essay)

015 Porajmos – survivor stories (015 talk, 015 summary, 015 essay)

016 Roma folk groups (016 talk, 016 summary, 016 essay)

017 Porajmos – survivor stories (017 talk, 017 summary, 017 essay)

018 Panel discussion, interviews (018 talk, 018 summary, 018 essay)

019-020 Reports (019-020 talk, 019-020 summary, 019-020 essay)

021 Ágota Varga: Csintó – A vajda születésnapja [Chinto – The Voivod’s Birthday] (021 talk, 021 summary, 021 essay)

022 Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven

023 Interviews with skinheads; Police terror in Örkény (022 talk, 022 essay)

024 Interviews with Roma intellectuals (024 essay, 024 summary)

025 European Council conference on the situation of European Roma (025 talk, 025 summary, 025 essay)

026 Kriszta Bódis: Amari Kris (026 talk, 026 summary, 026 essay)

027 Miscellaneous; Porajmos (027 talk, 027 summary, 027 essay)

028 Porajmos – survivor stories (028 talk, 028 summary, 028 essay)

029 Four television magazine programs (029 talk, 029 essay; 029-2 talk, 029-2 essay)

030 European Gypsy Festival 1991 (030 talk, 030 summary, and essay)

031 József Lojkó Lakatos: Elfelejtett holtak [The Forgotten Dead]; reports on education, discrimination, and Roma crafts (031 talk, 031 summary, 031 essay)

033 Kalyi Jag (033 talk, 033 summary, 033 essay)

035 Ágota Varga: Black List (033 talk, 033 summary, 033 essay)

036 Lívia Gyarmathy: The Stairs (033 talk, 033 summary, 033 essay)

037 Andre Heller: Magneten – dance talk (037 talk, 037 summary, 037 essay)

040 Camp in Balatonszemes (040 talk, 040 summary, 040 essay)

042 Teaching of Gypsy Dance (042 talk, 042 essay and summary)

047 Való Világ reality program (047 talk, 047 summary, 047 essay)

048 News in brief, reports, and interviews (048 talk, 048 summary, 048 essay)

051 Police terror in Örkény (051 talk, 051 essay and summary)

052 Panel discussion and reports on Gypsy culture; police terror in Örkény; Hungarian-speaking Gypsies in Romania (unprocessed)

054 Bálint Magyar on the separate graduation ceremony in Tiszavasvár; Porajmos – survivor stories, Auschwitz footage (unprocessed)

055 Report on the lead poisoning in Heves; Rom Som Festival (055 essay and summary)

056 Teaching of Gypsy Dance – A conversation with Béla Balogh and Antónia Hága; state awards; the Blue Flame band in the film Latcho Drom; Béla Osztojkán on the magazine Phralipe (unprocessed)

058 Documentary feature film „C” mint cigány [G for Gypsy] (058 talk, 058 summary, 058 essay)

067 The Sinti children of Mulfingen– Porajmos (067 talk, 067 essay and summary)

074 Police terror in Örkény (074 talk, 074 summary, 074 essay)

080 Roma evening (080 talk, 080 summary, 080 essay)

127 Anti-Gypsy atrocities in Kalocsa (127 talk, 127 kivonat, 127 essay)