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When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2006)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 15 June 2007 (USA)
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A brief look into Romani culture and Rom (Gypsies) from around the globe as five famous Romani groups tour the USA. The film visits their families at home in Spain, India, Macedonia and Romania.


Jasmine Dellal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maharaja Maharaja ... Themselves
Esma Redzepova Esma Redzepova ... Herself
Taraf de Haidouks Taraf de Haidouks ... Themselves
Antonio El Pipa Antonio El Pipa ... Himself
Fanfare Ciocarlia Fanfare Ciocarlia ... Themselves
George Cruze George Cruze ... Himself, tour manager
Juana Juana ... Herself, Antonio El Pipa's aunt
Robert Browning Robert Browning ... Himself, World Music Institute
Johnny Depp ... Himself
Stevo Teodosievski Stevo Teodosievski ... Himself (archive footage)
Harish Harish ... Himself, dancer and female impersonator
Lucía Lucía ... Herself, Antonio el Pipa's daughter
Fabián Fabián ... Himself
Kathy Kathy ... Herself, Caliu's wife
George Eli George Eli ... Himself


A brief look into Romany culture and Rom (Gypsies) from around the globe as five famous Romany groups tour the USA. Written by havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com

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Documentary | Music


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

15 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Caravan See more »

Filming Locations:

Clejani, Romania See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,477, 17 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$440,357, 9 December 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nicolae Neacşu: When I was a kid, 3 fates came to me. One destined this, one destined that, and the youngest asked me, "When do you want an easy life? When you are old or young?" I said, when I am old. Because when I'm young I can carry life's bitterness.
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Don't Get Too Hung Up On "Gypsy"
10 August 2007 | by tjlissonSee all my reviews

Some of the above writers are overreacting to the word "Gypsy." Sure it's etymologically and ethnologically inaccurate, but names for ethnic groups often are. How about "American Indian?"

Actually, when speaking English, many Roma themselves seem to have little or no problem referring to themselves as "Gypsies." Likewise, ask an American Indian what he/she would like to be called and you may be surprised to find that most of them would prefer "Indian" over "Native American," "American Aborigine," or whatever. I think some well-intended non-Indians and non-Gypsies just decided for themselves that these names are offensive, without even actually asking the effected peoples themselves.

Besides, you should know that the Romany word used for non-Roma, Gadjo, is unquestionably of a pejorative connotation (in contrast to, say, "Gentile"), reflecting the fact that in traditional Roma culture the Gadjo are considered unclean (which is exactly what the word means). Furthermore, though it may not be politically correct to say so, the fact of the matter is that in the traditional culture the Gadjo are to be strictly avoided, unless they can somehow be exploited for the benefit of the Roma. Do some serious research into Romany culture before you summarily doubt this.

So don't be so uptight. "Gypsy," when you get right down to it, is really just the English Language name for a Roma person, just as "Niemiec," meaning one who just doesn't understand or get it (and is by inference an outsider) is the word in Slavic languages for a German, and just as the word "Slav" is the source of the word for slave in most western languages. I mean, how politically incorrect is that?

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