When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

January 4, 2008 | Full Review…

Gypsy Caravan - When the Road Bends evokes the US tour of Roma musicians whose astonishing diversity ranges from the Indian group with their bejewelled drag dancer to oompah-based Romanians.

September 29, 2007 | Full Review…

So long seen as ragged leftovers from an older historical epoch, the Roma turn out to be a modern people who have a lot to teach over-developed societies about what it means to be human.

September 28, 2007 | Full Review…

These extraordinary musicians ought to put an end to any sniffiness about Gypsy music.

September 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".

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

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

September 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

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