¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: Latcho Drom (France)
September 22, 2018
In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fourteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture. Films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.
Latcho Drom, meaning “Safe Journey,” is a visual depiction and historical record of Romany life, told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. The journey moves from India to Spain, dramatizing the nomadic nature of Romany culture and the variety of conditions in which the Romany people live, and takes place over a year’s time, from summer through fall and winter to spring. Via song and dance, young and old celebrate essential cultural values that have developed over countless generations and in diverse countries. The film illustrates similarities in travel habits, musical instruments and rhythms, and song themes, including celebration of travel and perceived rejection by sedentary locals. 1993; directed by Tony Gatlif; partial English translation of some songs (no dialogue or narration); 103 minutes; not rated.
Free public event