(110 minutes) India/Romania/Spain/USA
Director/Producer: Jasmine Dellal
Shot by legendary cinematographer Albert Maysles, this dynamic musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries that unite for the Gypsy Caravan as they take their show around North America for a six-week tour, astounding every audience they meet. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, Romanian violin to Indian folk. And with humor and soul in their voices, they celebrate the best in Gypsy culture and the diversity of the Romani people in an explosion of song and dance. As the film follows the amazing performances and behind-the-scenes action from the tour created by World Music Institute, we discover the real lives of these musicians. We visit Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain, meet their families and see what music brings to their lives. The tales of these characters are woven between their performances-- allowing us to understand and celebrate Romani culture and the prejudice of their shared ancestry.
Jasmine Dellal grew up in England and spent much of her childhood with grandparents in a south Indian village. After studying French and Spanish at Oxford University, she made short films for her master's at U.C. Berkeley and won a student Emmy for a profile of a homeless photographer. Dellal's teacher and mentor in California was the acclaimed Marlon Riggs, with whom she worked on his final feature Black Is...Black Ain't. In the early 1990s, Dellal stumbled on a book about "Gypsies" which ended up launching her on a decade of Romani filmmaking. Dellal directed, produced, wrote and edited her first feature documentary, American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's Land (which had an arthouse theatrical release; played dozens of festivals worldwide; won awards; and aired on PBS's prestigious POV series, drawing the season's highest ratings). Dellal founded Little Dust Productions to make artistic films with a social conscience.
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Web site: www.gypsycaravanmovie.com