Charles Newland
United Kingdom, 2018


Original English Version

In his film THE 2ND OF AUGUST, the filmmaker Charles Newland records the journey of a young British Romani Johnson Welch on his first visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Using archival footage mixed with contemporary ruminations on the trip from Johnson, the film’s title is indicative of the date known internationally as Roma Genocide Remembrance Day.


Charles Newland is a Romani Gypsy film director based in Nottingham, UK. He is the founder of film collective Notown Productions and an original member of the International Romani Film Commission. His work has been featured by BBC, VICE, BFI, and The Guardian, and his films have been screened at a variety of international film festivals, including Berlin Director’s Lounge and Borderlines Film Festival.  Charles began his career working in avant-garde and experimental film. Recently, he has been making documentaries for the Rural Media Company / Travellers’ Times Magazine.


Director: Charles Newland
Main Camera: Bernard Close
Additional Camera: Joe Mitchell
Music: Safeword
Narration: Damian Le Bas
Editing: Grace Hart
Production: Grant Black/Travellers’ Times


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