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When The Road Bends – Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

Jasmine Dellal

Documentary - 100' - USA, India, Macedonia, Romania, Spain - 2007

Shot by legendary cinematographer Albert Maysles, this dynamic musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries who 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. The "gypsy caravan" tour extravaganza features performances by macedonian diva and "queen of the gypsies" Esma Redzepova, traditional indian folk troupe Maharaja, romanian fanfare Ciocarlia, the violin wizardry of romanian group Taraf de Haidouks and the Antonio El Pipa Flamenco ensemble.  

Contact: dellal@littledust.com
Website: http://www.gypsycaravanmovie.com/