The Way Out
(Cesta ven) Director: Petr Václav, CZ - F, 2014, Czech version, 105 min
The Way Out tells a story of a young Romani couple, Žaneta and David, the parents of little Sárinka. Their efforts to live a decent and dignified life run up against the “Romani social trap,” which is racism, the society’s prejudices, exclusion from opportunities to obtain legal work, the lack of necessary qualifications, difficult communication with officials, debts and the miserable life conditions connected with the environment, lifestyle and traditional values of their ethnicity. David wants to protect his family, even at the expense of committing a crime. But Žaneta finds inner strength to defy the unfavourable situation in a different way. Will they overcome the existential problems that start to take apart their relationship? Is it worthwhile for them to continue to honour their own values and family traditions? And will their “way out” be only another “escape” for them, or a promise to change their lives?