Archive of films When the Road Bends...Tales of a Gypsy Caravan / When the Road Bends...Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

2006, 110 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2006

A Gypsy proverb says: “You can’t go straight on when the road bends”. A lyrical film, musical and road movie, in which Gypsy music escapes from its usual “ghetto” to become a major international event.


Five Gypsy bands. Top musicians from four countries set out in a caravan on a six-week tour of America and amaze everyone who has the luck to meet them. Their musical genres include flamenco, brass, Gypsy fiddle and Indian instruments. Their explosive songs and dances are a celebration of the best of Romany culture. Through their art we also explore their roots, in Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain, meet their families and get a glimpse of what music means in their lives. The tales that these characters tell each other between performances give us an insight into their music, history and culture.

About the director

Jasmine Dellal

Jasmine Dellal grew up in England but spent part of her childhood on visits to her grandparents in India. She studied French and Spanish at Oxford. At University of California in Berkeley she made a short film about feminism, She Says (1993), and won a student Emmy for her profile of a homeless photographer In His Own Image (1991). In California she was taught by the famous Marlon Riggs, and she worked on his last film Black Is... Black Ain’t. At the beginning of the 1990s she came across a book on Gypsies which inspired what has now been a decade of her interest in the theme. In 2000 she made her first very successful full-length documentary, American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody’s Land (2000). She founded Little Dust Productions, which makes art-house films with a social subtext. Now she trains young directors in New York and gives occasional lectures in the USA and Europe.


Fortissimo Films
Van Diemenstraat 100, 1013 CN, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 206 273 215
Fax: +31 206 261 155
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Jasmine Dellal
Screenplay: Jasmine Dellal
Dir. of Photography: Albert Maysles, Alain de Halleux, Rahul Ranadive
Editor: Carol Dysinger, Roko Belic
Producer: Jasmine Dellal
Production: Little Dust Productions
Cast: Maharaja, Antonio El Pipa, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf De Haidouks
Contact: Fortissimo Films


Jasmine Dellal

Film Director

Helmut Neumann


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