There are one million Gypsies or Rom in America, who most people know
nothing about. "AMERICAN GYPSY: A STRANGER IN EVERYBODY'S LAND" is
a feature length documentary which explores this secretive Romani
world and the history it came from.
"AMERICAN GYPSY", shot over the course of five years, takes a narrative
approach by focussing on the story of Jimmy Marks, a flamboyant man
in the American Northwest who becomes passionately obsessed with a
decade-long civil rights battle to defend his family and his culture.
The combination of "Gypsy" and "American" cultures carries us through
scenes of: Gypsies from around the world gathering for New Years in
Las Vegas; the arranged marriage of teenagers (nowadays by telephone
or over the internet); and car salesmen in Stetsons eating donuts
"American Gypsy" is the first feature documentary to be
produced and directed by Jasmine Dellal. From 1993-95, Dellal was
Associate Producer and Assistant Editor of Marlon Riggs' Black is...Black
Ain't, which aired on PBS in early 1996 (and won top awards from:
Sundance, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, San Francisco International
Film Festival, etc).
Jasmine Dellal, Producer, Director
Little Dust Productions
878 Grove St. San Francisco, CA 94117