A Gipsy Internment Camp

a documentary project by Henri-François Imbert

Production : Alter Ego / Libre Cours / BIP TV

recipient of the SCAM « Brouillon d’un Rêve » grant
with screenwriting and development supports from CNC-FAIA

with production supports from CNC-FSA, Ciclic-Centre-Val de Loire Region, Occitania Region, Procirep-Angoa and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah

In 1940, the Vichy Government ordered the administrative detention of all "nomads" in France in various internment camps throughout the country. This internment decree actually stated that "the circulation of nomads represents a risk of strategic information dissemination during wartime".

Although of French nationality, thousands of Romani were held in these camps until the end of the war. Among them, more than 700 children and 500 adults were detained in the Jargeau camp in the Loiret department. Stripped of their property, they had to rebuild their lives after these five years of detention.

Starting from this historical fact, the filmmaker have met persons from Gypsy and Manouche communities. Together, they look back and interrogate the situation of Gypsies today.