Gypsy Caravan: When The Road Bends

Jasmine Dellal’s documentary of the 2001 sell-out tour of the US undertaken by a specially convoked five-nation group of Gypsy musicians offers some individually vibrant performances and interesting ‘back-home’ interview footage but is somewhat let down by a lack of directorial intuition and dull or clumsy editing. The great Albert Maysles is credited among 11 cinematographers, a plenitude that may help explain the film’s lack of visual coherence, rhythm and proper colour balance. Likewise, its insights into the history of the Romany diaspora, however sympathetic, seem cursory. Still, you can’t keep a good band down, and famous names such as Romania’s Taraf de Haïdouks, Macedonia’s ‘official queen of the Gypsies’ Esma Redzepova, Andalucia’s Antonio El Pípa and Rajastan’s Maharaja not only blow up a storm or cry a river but give foot-stomping evidence of the diversity and connectedness of the vital Roma musical tradition.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday June 15 2007
Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jasmine Dellal

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5 / 5

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maria

I am going to see this at the music box tonight. I cannot wait. I adore Taraf De Haidouks (Nicolae is amazing) and Fanfare Ciocarlia, AND Esma Redzepova too. If any of you reading this aren't familiar with the music, look it up. It is mind-blowing. Can't wait to see this documentary. Five stars, because I know that it will kick ass; Viva la gypsies.

maria

I am going to see this at the music box tonight. I cannot wait. I adore Taraf De Haidouks (Nicolae is amazing) and Fanfare Ciocarlia, AND Esma Redzepova too. If any of you reading this aren't familiar with the music, look it up. It is mind-blowing. Can't wait to see this documentary. Five stars, because I know that it will kick ass; Viva la gypsies.