There are many reasons to love and appreciate composer Hans Zimmer and not just for film score nerds like us. The most recent being the fact that while doing research for music to incorporate into the “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” score, he was exposed to the human rights abuses and infringements being inflicted upon the Roma people, a minority population (also known as gypsies) in Central and Eastern Europe.
For those who know anything about “Game of Shadows,” you might recall that new addition Noomi Rapace’s character is described as a gypsy. Zimmer recently told MTV News that he wanted the music for Rapace’s character and a few other assorted scenes to be authentic so in an effort to understand the culture of the Roma people better he pitched a “road trip” to director Guy Ritchie and brought along his daughter Zoe Zimmer who is a fashion photographer. Their experience led to a moving collection of photos taken by Zoe and put on display in a “Deserve Dignity” photo exhibit celebrating International Human Rights Day.
MTV News caught up with Zimmer recently to get his take on the experience and bringing attention to a group of people who are being denied equal rights as citizens.
“On this one when I started reading the script I saw the whole movie had tilted a little more into that [darker] patch,” said Zimmer. “I phoned Guy and I said, ’Road trip! Let’s go there,’ we didn’t really know where ’there’ was and through NDI [the National Democratic Institute] who were really helpful in this, we found out if we go to eastern Slovakia there are all these Roma settlements.”
“I took my daughter along, Zoe Zimmer who is a photographer, because I thought it would be interesting to document that part, that people, I didn’t know, that none of us had seen,” he added. “I had this weird idea of the Roma people, I had this weird idea of all the cliches. I had this weird idea of all this music in my head but I didn’t really know anything, so to go there and experience it seemed like an important thing to do.”
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