When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

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A dynamic doc following five Romani bands is a pleasure for the senses thanks to vibrant colors and eclectic music.

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This musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries who unite for the Gypsy Caravan as they take their show around North America for a six-week tour. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, Romanian violin to Indian folk. And with humor and soul in their voices, they celebrate the best in Gypsy culture and the diversity of the Romani people in an explosion of song and dance. As the film follows the amazing performances and behind-the-scenes action from the tour created by World Music Institute, we discover the real lives of these musicians. We visit Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain, meet their families and see what music brings to their lives. The tales of these characters are woven between their performances - allowing us to understand and celebrate Romani culture and the prejudice of their shared ancestry.

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  • For its glimpses of various lifestyles and personalities -- an ancient but spry fiddler, a young male who performs in drag -- it isn't bad.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Full Review…
  • These extraordinary musicians ought to put an end to any sniffiness about Gypsy music.

    Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The poverty contrasts sharply with the excitement of the tour bus and cuts to the heart of the songs themselves, famed for their "joy and sorrow".

    Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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  • If you have any ear for non-Western music, Gypsy Caravan is a must.

    Sep 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • The emphasis remains on the personal stories of the players themselves who, for all their backstage squabbling, identify more with each other than any of the countries in which they've settled.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • The camera work is always note-perfect.

    Aug 24, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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