Release Date: June 15th, 2007 (Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas) by Shadow Distribution.
Directed by Jasmine Dellal.
In Romani, Spanish, Romanian, Macedonian, Hindi, and Marwari with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about the Gypsy Caravan concert tour throughout the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Gypsy Caravan celebrates the excitement and liveliness of Gypsy music while debunking the stereotype of gypsies that Borat deceptively showed. Those unfamiliar with this kind of music will get more than a glimpse of what makes it so unique and exhilarating. Director Jasmin Dellal does a great job of blending behind-the-scenes interviews along with concert footage of talents musicians such as Esma Redžepova, a.k.a. The Queen of the Gypsies, who sings with Teodosievski. There’s also some footage of other musical groups such as Taraf de Haidouks, Antonio El Pipa and Maharaja. Dellal also includes footage from the Roma musicians’ hometowns in Romania, such as a small village where Esma raised 47 adopted kids and trained them to become musicians. Johnny Depp fans will be quite pleased to watch him briefly talk about what the music means to him. Whether they’re on traveling on the road or on stage during a concert, the Roma musicians have plenty of charisma and are clearly full of life. The cinematography and editing both help to exhibit these characteristics right onto the screen so that there’s never a dull moment. By the end of this exciting documentary, you’ll be tempted to rush out to buy the soundtrack.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The music here feels consistently soulful and uplifting.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: One of the most exhilarating, illuminating and soulful documentaries since Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
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