Screened in the glory of 35mm! “This majestic, French-made film wishes viewers a ‘latcho drom’—a safe journey— as it follows the roots of the Rom, traveling people better known as Gypsies. Stunning and evocative, it transcends language and culture…. Using only music and image, without any steady characters or plot, award-winning director Tony Gatlif (himself of Rom descent) tells a compelling story of Rom migrations from Northern India to Europe and the rest of the world. Beginning with a gathering of lavishly dressed nomads singing across the harsh deserts of Rajasthan, viewers are transported through the lush oases of Egypt into the ghettoes of Turkey, from the muddy lanes of Eastern Europe through lush French fields to the windswept coastal cities of Spain. Every step of the way, there are hypnotic reminders of the harshness and beauty of the Rom lifestyle: the rhythms of labor pounding into vibrant dance, the songs of Turkish flower sellers merging with the plaintive political satires of a gray-haired Romanian violinist. Music is everywhere—children barely able to walk dance alongside great-grandmothers—and covers all styles and subjects—from the wintry strains of an Auschwitz lament to a flamenco devotional in a Spanish shrine to a festive Dixieland number that borrows as much from New Orleans as from northern India.”—Grant Balfour. Unrated. In Romany, Spanish, French, Arabic, Turkish, Slovak, Hungarian and Rajasthani with English subtitles. 103 Min.
Sponsored by the Colby College Museum of Art.