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Gul'i Daj

David Tišer | Gul'i Daj | Czech Republic | 2011 | the_30016

Rights held by: David Tišer | Licensed and provided by: David Tišer I Licensed under: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International

David Tišer | Gul'i Daj | Czech Republic | 2011 | the_30016 Rights held by: David Tišer | Licensed and provided by: David Tišer I Licensed under: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International

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Rights held by: David Tišer | Licensed and provided by: David Tišer I Licensed under: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International

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Gul’i Daj is a provocative combination of the ‘Sweet Mother’ and a Good Spirit teaching and protecting a mother, and the videos running behind the actors showing the demonstrations and abuse which occurred in the Czech Roma localities up until the creation of the play in 2011. The Good Spirit lovingly directs the mother to escape with her child, but she neither hears nor sees the Good Spirit trying to do this. Gul’i Daj appears and the Spirit wails; while she is the ‘Sweet Mother’, her sweetness is comparable to the bitter taste of the darkest chocolate. She directs the mother to protect her child from the Gadje while skinheads march: the mother prays as demonstrator’s march, helicopters fly, and vehicles burn. Gul’i Daj reveals to the mother that it is a sin to let the child live in these evil times; all the while Good Spirit pleads with Gul’i Daj to leave the mother alone.

The Good Spirit stands unheard, as Gul’i Daj convinces the mother that the wolves, the Gadje, will destroy her child because it is a Roma, even though the language and traditions have died with their generation. Gul’i Daj speaks of the fate of the Roma, all the stereotypes tied to their existence, and their plight, which is to become one with the Gadjo, and convinces the mother that this will never be; so the mother ends the baby’s life to save it from certain death by living in the horrifying, intolerant world. The father walks in on the melancholy scene, hugs his wife, who slips through his arms into that certain death. Personified Death comes, and music leads us to the end.

Gul’i Daj is a response to the social moods and events in the Czech and Slovak republics, aimed at showing the public how the Roma perceive the situations they had been placed in.

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