Sundance 2021: Eight for Silver, by David Bax

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    Late nineteenth century France sounds like an odd place for Irish settlers to be. I was under the impression the country had been settled long before that by the ancestors of French people. I also didn’t think that the Roma owned land. I recall Yuri Slezkine describing them as one of his “Mercurian” populations (in contrast with the “Appollonians” who made up the nobles & peasantry) who don’t own and work land but instead engage in specialized trade with a larger population.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Honestly, it’s not 100% clear in the movie but Irish settlers in France was my educated guess.

      I intentionally didn’t use the word “own” but the Roma in the movie do present evidence of a claim on the land.

      – David

      • Nonstopdrivel says:

        Considering the villa (plantation?) is repeatedly referred to as a “settlement” in the film, I think it’s reasonable to refer to them as Irish settlers.

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