Linda was born in Modena, like her father and grandfather too and, despite their are in Italy since generations facing discrimination and social exclusion, today their situation, though improved, remains tainted by hostility. She lives in the nomad camp of Castelnuovo Rangone, with her parents, her four sister and their families, creating a community where the constant sharing of spaces and personal assets and the strong sense of mutual support characterizes and sustains not only life within the camp, but also the way of life of Sinti tribe.
The Sinti were a nomadic ethnicity until the middle of the last century coming from the north of India and settled throughout Italy and in the rest of Europe. It is a people that since ancient times has faced discrimination, high rates of poverty and all kinds of persecution, like the incredible treatment reserved for them during the Nazi period, where the Sinti were deported to concentration camps or massacred in the host countries.
Today the different Sinti communities are now an integral part of the European territory where there is the search for a real integration with the local culture, despite a sudden increase in intolerance and fear towards the different. Italy is the European country where intolerance towards Roma and Sinti is more widespread, in fact, it is the only country in Europe where the camps exist, created to solve the housing emergency of Roma and Sinti citizens.
Despite their difficulties to get a real integration with local communities, and the hostility brought over their culture that doesn’t allow them to get a permanent employment to the near factories, suffering is not part of their identity and everyday life. The faith in evangelical religion, which is becoming more rooted thanks to the increasingly frequent cults and baptisms inside the near camps, the children play time, collective lunches and family gatherings, encompasses this reality with a great feeling of happiness and quietness