Latcho Drom (1993)
The Countless Shades of People that have Roots in all Eurasia
Latcho Drom, or ‘good travel’, by French director Tony Gatlif, has been described as „an intensely lyrical portrait of Gypsy culture„. With hardly any dialogue but a plethora of images, color, sounds, and music, the documentary gives the audience the experience of living side by side with an ancient nomadic group. The movie contains only enough hints to grasp the essential meaning of a song or conversation. The movie begins in Northern India and ends in Spain, passing through Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France and Spain. Music is highly important to this movie as no interviews are captioned. The whole experience is enhanced by the fact that most of what is said is not even translated, because comprehension and mutual understanding does not always rely on the written word.