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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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Did You Know?


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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1 April 2008 | by patricia-resnickSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon this on PBS, and I'm enchanted. I've always been fascinated by the Romani culture and history, and there is so much of that here, tucked in between the songs. There is so much good information here about a people who have been horribly misunderstood and persecuted for most of their history. The movie's approach of wrapping the history and culture into the music, and the stories of the musicians, works very well. The artists, from India, Macedonia, Romania, Spain...all very different, but springing from the same place in the heart. Beautiful, soulful music from beautiful, soulful people. I especially enjoyed Esma, and her stories of life with her husband, Stevo. But I also loved Maharajah, and the other bands. The whole thing is beautifully done. I'll be buying this so I can watch it at my leisure. Don't miss it if you have a chance to see it.

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