Jaisalmer Ayo! Gateway of the Gypsies
 
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Jaisalmer Ayo! Gateway of the Gypsies
 

Shot in Rajasthan's Thar desert, India, Jaisalmer Ayo! Gateway of the Gypsies, captures the lives and journeys of nomadic communities who are believed to share common lineage with the Gypsies, also known as the Roma people. From the open roads of the desert to their temporary encampments, the filmmakers followed the castes of Bhopas (storytellers), Jogis (snake-charmer) Kalbelyas (dancers), Banjaras(salt-traders), Gadolya Lohars (metalworkers) and Manganiars (musicians) who move from village to village in their struggle for survival. The remarkable soundtrack of Rajasthani music merges with the images of an ancient world, while presenting the way of life, dance and rituals of the last generation of nomads remaining in the region.



Reviews:
*Washington Post Review http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/05/AR2006100500541.html?nav=rss_print/weekend

* Audio Interview & Review
https://beta.prx.org/stories/19618

Awards:
* Best Doc Award San Francisco VideoFest, San Francisco, CA 2005
* Directors' Award, Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey, USA

Film Festivals:
*World Premiere Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands 2004
*Festival Globalisering, Netherlands
*Szinchron international Human Rights *Documentary Festival Budapest, Hungary
*Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
*Il Gigante Festival, Florence , italy
*Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey, USA
*Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia 2005
*Mostra int. Film Etnografico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*California Independent Film festival, USA
*Best Doc Award San Francisco VideoFest, CA ,USA
*All Roads National Geographic Film Festival, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, USA 2006
*Latino Film Festival, San Francisco, USA
*Document 4 Documentary Festival, Scotland
*VIII Festival International de Cine Y Video de los Pueblos Indigenas, Oaxaca, Mexico
*Mediawave International Festival, Gyor, Hungary
*Tartu WorldFilm, Tartu, Estonia
*Documentary Fortnight Expanded, New York Museum of Modern Art 2007
*Asian Museum, San Francisco, USA
*Rolling Film Festival, Prishtina, Kosovo, 2009

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Format: DVD-R