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  1. The idyllic town of Baia Mare in Romania hit the headlines in the June of 2011 when the mayor had an
    apartment block in Horea Street where Gypsies live separated off from the town by a two metre wall.
    Then one year later, Romany people began to be evicted from Craica, an illegally built slum on the
    edge of the town.
    The one hundred families kicked out so far have been compelled to move either to the premises of
    a chemical plant recently closed because of environmental pollution (Cuprom), or to the apartment
    block enclosed by the wall. Their evacuated shacks have been bulldozed to the ground.
    The remaining residents of Craica have a choice: either lead pollution, or rats in the Horea Street
    apartment block. They fear for their squalid homes, in danger of demolition, or for their children,
    exposed to everyday violence in the new ghettos.
    The mayor has made it clear: eradication of the slums of Craica is just the first step. The goal is to get
    rid of these families, so in the spring of 2013 they will also be evicted from the town.
    The legal services protest in vain: Catalin Chereches, the most popular local politician in the country,
    was re-elected by the residents of the town with a sweeping majority in the June of 2012.

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  2. Hard.Land is a multimedia project – a journey through Blue Collar America to meet the people struggling to keep the American Dream alive: The Middle Class, the unemployed, the new poor, the workers on low or minimum wage – and those who have lost benefits and had cut in their salaries.
    From Chicago to Detroit, Youngstown, Beckley, Williamsport and finally New York, reporter Roy Freddy Andersen and photographer Espen Rasmussen tell stories of people who are facing difficult times, and those who still have work, but often on minimum wages.
    Project webpage: hard.land
    Facebook: facebook.com/myhardland
    Instagram: myhardland
    Twitter: myhardland

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  3. Tom Clarke is a man who lives and breathes hunting for treasure. What began as a hobby in his early twenties quickly became a full fledged obsession.
    40 years of collecting and thousands of found objects later Tom reflects on the grip treasure hunting has on his life.

    LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    BATH FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    BRISTOL ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (SHORTLISTED, DEPICT PRIZE)
    CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    NOTTINGHAM 'BANG' FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    CHAGRIN OHIO DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    DOC NYC FESTIVAL 2013
    TRIBECA 'GOOD EGG' FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (SHORTLISTED, BEST DOCUMENTARY)
    CORK 'FESTNET' SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (SHORTLISTED, BEST DOCUMENTARY)
    SINGAPORE ENDEAVOURS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    BERLIN LICHTSPIELKLUB SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013
    TEXAS THIN LINE DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2013
    CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012
    SUPERSHORTS INTERNATIONAL 2012 (WINNER, BEST EDITING)

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  4. Bishara is 27 year old and he comes from Tchad. Since 2013 he has lived at the ex-MOI occupation in Turin, where he found a place to stay, along with hundreds of other migrants after the end of the "North Africa Emergency" in Italy.

    This video is part of the project Sciabica: "sciabica" is a word of Arabic origin which means "fishing net". For Fabrica, Sciabica is a virtual network that, starting from Lampedusa, collects stories of migrants on the routes of desperation - in Africa and Middle East - and of hope - in Europe.
    On Sciabica all of us can share and participate in the discussion through the social networks.
    Tumblr: sciabica.tumblr.com/
    Facebook: facebook.com/SciabicaLampedusa
    Twitter: @sciabicaFabrica

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  5. Artist and photographer Richard Mosse reveals the stories behind the making of his latest film, 'The Enclave’ (2013), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The film was shown in the Irish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and was the 2014 winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

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