The story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the indigenous influence.
Inside the world of top Romani performers, they transcend social isolation and community poverty through their music.
Jasmine Dellal grew up in England and spent much of her childhood with grandparents in a south Indian village. After studying French and Spanish at Oxford University, she made short films for her Masters at U.C. Berkeley and won a student Emmy for a profile of a homeless photographer. Dellal’s teacher and mentor in California was the acclaimed Marlon Riggs,… Show more with whom she worked on his final feature Black Is ... Black Ain’t. In the early 1990s, Dellal stumbled on a book about “Gypsies” which ended up launching her on a decade of making films about Roma. Dellal directed, produced, wrote, and edited her first feature documentary, American Gypsy: a stranger in everybody’s land (which had an arthouse theatrical release; played dozens of festivals worldwide; won awards; and aired on P.O.V.. Dellal founded Little Dust Productions to make artistic films with a social conscience. Show less
Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends is a dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma juxtaposed to the real world they live in. Showing how Romani “outsider” artists transcend social isolation and community poverty through their music, the film explores the lives of top international Gypsy performers both onstage and off. Shot by documentary icon Albert Maysles, the film takes place on location in Spain, Macedonia, Romania, and India, as well as in Europe and in the U.S. during the Gypsy Caravan concert tour created by World Music Institute.