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London Gypsy Film Festival

Fred McCormick 26 Oct 07 - 07:26 AM
GUEST,Nick Dow 26 Oct 07 - 08:29 AM
Fred McCormick 26 Oct 07 - 09:13 AM
NormanD 26 Oct 07 - 06:42 PM
open mike 27 Oct 07 - 02:34 AM
GUEST,Nick Dow 29 Oct 07 - 08:35 AM
Ruth Archer 29 Oct 07 - 08:40 AM
GUEST 31 Jul 14 - 09:39 AM
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Subject: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:26 AM

I've jsut received the following press release for anyone jammy enough to be in London in the early part of November.

PICTURE HOUSE PRESENTS THE 2nd LONDON GYPSY FILM FESTIVAL

Picturehouse is pleased to announce the second annual London Gypsy Film Festival at The Ritzy (Nov 2-4) and Greenwich Picture House (Nov 9-11). First held in January, 2006, at Brixton's Ritzy cinema and Greenwich's Picture House, the Gypsy Film Festival was a huge success. Festival curator Garth Cartwright, author of Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (Serpents Tail), a book hailed as the definite text on Balkan Roma culture, again gathers rarely seen European films and documentaries – most never having had a UK screening.

Features will screen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon the Ritzy will host screenings of three documentaries from both Serbia (Saturday) and Romania (Sunday). Sunday night (Nov 4) finds The Ritzy launching Roma Decade, an exhibition of black and white photography of Hungarian Roma by Zsuzsanna Ardó (www.ardo.org). This will be followed by Hungarian films. The Ritzy's upstairs café will also host a feast of Gypsy-themed music across the weekend.

The Gypsy Film Festival celebrates Romany culture and the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015: supported by nine European countries, the European Commission and the UN, this project aims to challenge racial stereotypes and increase tolerance.

                                     GYPSY FILM FESTIVAL: RITZY NOVEMBER 2-4th

Friday, Nov 2, 7.15pm: I EVEN MET HAPPY GYPSIES (Skupljaci Perja) - groundbreaking 1967 Cannes Award winning Yugoslav film gets a rare UK screening. Huge influence on Emir Kusturika. 94 minutes

Ritzy Café: Princes Amongst Men DJs (Garth Cartwright, Leon Parker)

Saturday, 3rd, 3pm: SERBlAN SOUL - 4 documentaries by Serbian film makers on Roma communities and music making. THE CHILDREN OF THE BRASS BAND VILLAGE involves Roma kids learning to play brass in a Southern Serbian village; THE CHILDREN OF BLOCK 71 focuses on the kids of a Roma squatter camp in Belgrade; GUCA is a magnificent celebration of Guca brass band festival 2006; ESMA: QUEEN OF THE GYPSIES focuses on Esma Redzepova, celebrated Queen of the Gypsies, and the wedding of her keyboardist, Elvis. First UK cinema screenings for 2 of the documentaries. 95 minutes in total.

Saturday 3rd, 6.30pm: THE WAY THE ROAD BENDS . . . TALES OF A GYPSY CARAVAN: Jasmine Dellal's superb documentary crosses between 5 different Gypsy artists on tour in the US and their lives back home in India, Spain, Macedonia and Romania. Director will present film and host Q&A. 120 minutes

Ritzy café: Walking Wounded – live London Gypsy folk-punk band.

Sunday 4th, 3pm: ROMANIA ROCKS - 3 documentaries from Romania. GYPSY CHILD BRIDES looks at the extremely controversial matter of marrying Roma girls as young as 12 in Romania. GYPSY WITCH looks at the nation's fortune tellers and their clients. IAG BARI/BRASS ON FIRE – celebrated Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia leave their village to conquer the world. Liviu Tipurita, director of Gypsy Witch & producer of Gypsy Child Brides, will host a Q&A on the documentaries. 110 minutes

Pre-evening screening the upstairs cafe will host the launch of Hungarian                           photographer Zsuzanna Ardo's exhibition Roma Decade, 5.45pm

Sunday, 4th, 6.30pm: HUNGARIAN HEART double bill CYMBALOM LEGACY (documentary) & DALLAS AMONGST US (feature). Mano Camon, director of Cymbalom Legacy, will present his film. Dallas is an excellent 2005 feature, directed by Robert Pejo. Neither film has had a UK screening. 140 minutes

Ritzy café: Gundula Gruen & Alejando Toledo present a live Balkan music session after films.

GYPSY FILM FESTIVAL: GREENWICH PICTURE HOUSE November 9-11

Friday night: I EVEN MET HAPPY GYPSIES (Skupljaci Perja)

Saturday night: THE WAY THE ROAD BENDS . . . TALES OF A GYPSY CARAVAN

Sunday night: BALKAN FEVER (a mix of the best documentaries: CYMBALOM LEGACY, GUCA, CHILDREN OF THE BRASS BAND VILLAGE, CHILDREN OF BLOCK 71). 115 minutes
Booking: www.picturehouses.co.uk                            www.myspace.com/princesamongstmen2007


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 08:29 AM

I suppose it was a racing certainty that I would open my gob on this one. With the exception of 'Walking Wounded' where on earth are the British Gypsy Films and performers? The same problem happened at the Barbican some years ago, and my wife and I ended up contacting a number of British Gypsy singers and performers to maintain the balance. The celebration continued in Edinburgh and with the help of Bob Pegg once again the balance was restored with sets from Irish travellers and English singers (Mic and Suzie Darling, and the Orchard Family) Poetry from Mally Dow and the Scots tradition from Sheila Stewart. I absolutely love Eastern European music be it Gypsy or any other so don't get me wrong. I can supply Films on the Gypsy way of life on DVD (at least five) Documentaries on Gypsy Art and Crafts(at least Seven) so there is no excuse. I think that probably the organisers may not have had any contact within the British Gypsy community,which is fair enough.
A massive plus to the organisers for putting this on in the first place, and just as an important corollory, The Gypsy Council have long campaigned for the word Gypsy to be spelled with a capitol 'G', just as we would English French etc. In the above post not once did the writer use lower case so a massive plus again. Very best of luck with the Festival, but try to include some home grown Artist next time if possible.


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 09:13 AM

RE., capitalisation. This is an important point. Nobody, other than a handful of racists would nowadays spell Negro with the N in lower case. Since Gypsies are a distinct cultural/ethnic entity, they deserve the same consideration as everyone else.

And yes, the lack of British Gypsy input is surely something which should be taken up with the festival organisers. I was merely passing the information on of course.


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: NormanD
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 06:42 PM

A similar query was raised on the fRoots Forum about the lack of films on British Gypsies. I'll quote the reply from Garth Cartwright, festival organiser (I'll contact him to see if he wants to add more here):

"As for British Gypsies - this is difficult as there is so little available. I contacted Jake Bowers (rokker radio on BBC Home Counties - the UK's only Gypsy/Traveller radio show) and he couldn't bring anything. That said, we've since banged heads and hope that if this year's festival is a success then next year it will geographically shift to focus on UK/France/Holland - Jake does know of some doc's made in the UK. I caught a brilliant doc on Jimmy Ronsenberg, the extremely gifted yet self destructive Dutch Gypsy jazz guitarist while in Amsterdam earlier this year but its producer would not let me show it while he was still shopping it around. France - I believe there must be a lot of good material on both the post-Django community and the Gipsy Kings rumba gitano scene and I will hunt for it. Anyone who can offer advice on Gypsy cinema/documentary is appreciated. Believe me, doing a festival such as this involves a titanic amount of research and work. As to your question on Gypsy cinema - without boasting, the best filmography available so far is in the back of my book Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (Serpents Tail). Worth the cover price alone!"


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: open mike
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 02:34 AM

There was a wonderful video documentary on World Link T.V.
a couple of them actually...from Romania and Hungary.

One is Parno Graszt there is a preview here--
http://www.linktv.org/programs/parno

A colorful dose of the REAL "Hungarian gypsy" music that Roma have been making for centuries, this documentary is about the band Parno Grazst, or "white horse." The film captures the homemade music that they now take on the road to make a living. Take a guitar, a milk can, someone who can sing bass, a dash of Romany soul, and suddenly, it's a party! Meet the band, their families and even the white horse, in Parno Graszt.


it will be showing (pacific time--2007)
Friday, November 23rd 12:00 pm
Friday, November 23rd 06:00 pm

There was another documentary film on this channel..a non-profit
satellite t.v. channel with world music videos and documentaries and news from all over the world...the other movie was about the dance house movement in Romania.


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 08:35 AM

I passed the details of the Festival on to Jake Bowers a couple of days ago. I'm surprised he did not know about the numerous films available showing Gypsy life, The Appleby Fair company have loads, and also Tony and Shiela Price have any number on Wagons and Horses. Well maybe next year....


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 08:40 AM

and, as I pointed out on the fRoots thread, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library would also have relevant material, including video of Gypsy singers.


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Subject: RE: London Gypsy Film Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jul 14 - 09:39 AM

Dear Sir or Madam

   

    we are the Shukar Brass Band from Romania,and we wish to participate               
    in your festival.
    Our repertoire is based in gypsi music, traditional Romanian folk music
    jazz,extending to brassrepertoires,world music from other countries of
    the Balkans.
    Audio/ videosamples are aivialable on our website:
    http://www.fanfareshukar.com/
    http://youtu.be/gl47YOcUpWQ   kanal D
    Shukar Brass Band comprises 10 musicians.
    We have a resonable price.
    Weare used to performingin many kinds of settings on stage,in open air,wit or
    without amplification etc.
    We are proud of having gained this experience both in Romanian traditional
    event and since 1993 in internationalfestivals details available on ourwebsite.
    We wait for your reply,confident that our performance can be of interest
    for your festival.
    Marching Bandperformed in the years 2006-2009 at the theatre Zingaro in Paris,www.zingaro.fr
    and have delighted audiences in major cities of the world such as
    Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Brusseles,Moskow,Istambul,Namur, Luxemburg, Poznan,Rennes,
    Rochelle, Avenches,Lyonn,etc.
    email:fanfareshukar`official@gmail.com
    email:costica_pantiru@yahoo.com
   Costica Pantiru tel fix :0232/268 423.....mobil :004 0763386765

   
    Best regards
    Costica Pantiru leader of band fanfare shukar.


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