Gypsy Caravan | Chicago Reader

Gypsy Caravan

The Gypsy “docu-musical” Latcho Drom (1993) was appealing for its graceful combinations of music and information, documentary and fiction, the history of Romany migrations over the past millennium and the poetic passing of seasons. This far more modest 2006 documentary by Jasmine Dellal charts the progress of five Romany bands touring the U.S. and intercuts footage of them back home with their families in India, Macedonia, Romania, and Spain. As a concert film it's often frustrating, because performances are quickly overtaken by voice-overs. But for its glimpses of various lifestyles and personalities—an ancient but spry fiddler, a young male who performs in drag—it isn't bad. Subtitled. 110 min.

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