The word gypsy brings up many connotations. Musician, traveler and thief just to name a few. More often than not the term is negative but there is so much more to learn and know about them. For me the first thing that comes to mind is the music. Music with rhythm that comes straight from the heart. Even though I only spent a day in a Roma village in Slovakia, I was swept away by the music. Just simple voices, beautiful voices, singing together.
The film Gypsy Caravan is described as “A dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma, juxtaposed to the real world they live in. This rich feature documentary celebrates the luscious music of top international Gypsy performers and interweaves stirring real life tales of their home life and social background.” And it doesn’t disappoint. There is even a brief appearance by Johnny Depp who crossed paths with some of these amazing musicians during one of his films.
This documentary was first named after a Romani proverb. “You cannot walk straight when the road bends.” This proverb makes me smile and helps me feel a certain affinity for the Roma people.