Gateway of the Gypsies – Jaisalmer ayo!
Pepe Ozan & Melitta Tchaicovsky
Documentary - 54' - India - 2004
A beautiful and colourful picture of a disappearing nomad community in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India. This film provides an insight into the roots of the European Roma. With very emotional Rajastani music. The film captures the lives and journeys of vanishing nomadic communities of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India. From the open roads of the desert to their temporary encampments, the camera follows snake-charmers, storytellers, musicians, metalworkers, salt traders and dancers travelling from village to village in their struggle for survival. A minimal narration carries the viewer through the intricacies of the Hindu caste system and marrying within their own tribe. Many of their customs have a common lineage with European Gypsies (Roma) and the migration of the Gypsies out of India. With a remarkable soundtrack of emotional Rajasthani music.