"Gypsies are better than Romanians", says Mariana, a 27-year old Romanian woman, who lives in a Roma (Gypsy) community. She started to write letters to Ovidiu while he was in prison, on behalf of his illiterate parents. After he got out of jail they fell in love. Now, they live together, a Roma/non-Roma couple without official documents, in Sperantza, a former chicken farm at the edge of Piatra Neamt in northeastern Romania. Their home is small, they have no stove, no heating and no running water. A nearby pump is the only source of drinking water for the entire community. "My family didn't expect me to end up in a place like this," says Mariana. Shot with a Panasonic HMC-150.

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