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Movie Review: Gypsy Caravan

Alternate Title: Gypsy in My Soul

Story: The US 2002 Gypsy Caravan tour (sponsored by the World Music Institute) brought together five Romani (gypsy) musical groups and the people who saw this tour are better off for it. If you see this uplifting, toe tapping, eye opening film you will too.

Directed by Jasmine Dellal and filmed by the one and only Albert Maysles and Alain de Halleux we get a first hand look at a culture that is maligned, misunderstood and stigmatized. See this film and you will have a new outlook about this proud culture of ten million strong.

The film is shot in a linear form and we get to meet and hear Romani music from India, Romania, Spain and Macedonia. They perform live on stage, share up close and personal interviews with some of the major performers and visit their home villages and watch as these musicians get to know one another and grow from the experience as we do.

See it and enjoy a heck of a film. For more on this culture go to:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_people

Acting: It is a concert film and no acting is applicable but it does star Fanfare Ciocarlia , Taraf de Haidouks, Johnny Depp (the one talking head), Antonio El Pipa, Juana la del Pipa (think a female Tom Waits), Maharaja, and the amazing Esma Redzepova (who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize several times)

Predilection: I am fascinated by Romani culture.

Critters: Camel, pigs, geese, chickens, cows, goats, birds and dogs.

Soundtrack: Amazing.

Opening Titles: A shot of a small village in Rahjistan - a beautiful start.

Visual Art: The costumes were outstanding.

Theater Audience: A joyous and smiling handful of folk.

Weather: It seems to be sunny for the Romani's.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: It is squirmy to watch the traditional practice of Romanian gypsy's marrying girls who are 13.

Drift Factor: Not a drifting moment for me.

Oscar Worthy: Why not?

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen if you can find it. You can go to my 2000 movie archives and read American Gypsy, another film by Jasmine Dellal.

Length: Under two hours.