In the Streets of New York AND Teruo, a Flamenco Samurai

From Spanish filmmaker Paco Millan Romero come these two observant if slapdash documentaries about the passion for flamenco. In the Streets of New York (2001, 60 min.) shows a group of flamenco artists as they perform in New York City; immigrants and children of immigrants, they feel different because of their Gypsy ancestry and dream of the riches and status of headliners. Interspersed with this is another story line in which young New Yorkers of Gypsy heritage make a pilgrimage to Spain. The casual interviews are nostalgic and occasionally digressive, but the film comes alive whenever the dancers begin stomping their feet. Teruo, a Flamenco Samurai (2001, 60 min.) profiles the owner of a travel agency in Tokyo that packages flamenco-themed trips to Granada and Seville for young women who read his fanzine. A dancer himself, he rhapsodizes about a dance whose freedom and joy offer release from the regimentation of Japanese life and suggests that its celebration of the individual links it to a traditional Japanese dance called Anibasi. In Japanese with subtitles.

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