Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends

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Released 2008

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2008
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An audience favorite at film festivals worldwide, Gypsy Caravan is a dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma, juxtaposed to the real world they live in. Five bands from four countries unite for the World Music Institute's Gypsy Caravan 6-week concert tour across North America with the musicians astounding every audience they meet. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, from Romanian violin and Indian folk to Raga and jazz. And with fire in their bellies and soul in their voices, they present an explosion of song and dance that celebrates the best of Gypsy music and the diversity of the Romani people. Shot by cinema verité icon Albert Maysles, the film takes place during the USA tour as well as on location in Macedonia, Romania, India, and Spain. The tales of these characters unfold and are woven between their performances, reflecting the imagery and emotion of the music. Gypsy Caravan is a Romani celebration that will leave your toes tapping, your heart pumping, and your soul uplifted.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    As compelling as the music and concert footage is, it is the vitality of the performers as characters that enables the movie to transcend the music documentary genre.

  • 80

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    A potent combination of ethnography and concert film, Brit helmer Jasmine Dellal's joyous celebration of tzigane music follows the 2001 U.S. "Gypsy Caravan" tour, which showcased f...

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    As a music document and as a labor of unabashed love, the nonfiction feature Gypsy Caravan could hardly be better; as a movie, it could stand some improvement.

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