Monday, August 16, 2010

Romani, Basque Berets and Stole Popov

As mentioned before, to combine my fascinations for both the Basque beret and the Romani people is a hard one. Luckily, the great (and much undervalued) film 'Gypsy Magic' by director Stole Popov, combines the two. All pictures taken from the film.
From the Macedonian Cinema Information Center:
The action of the movie takes place in a Gypsy settlement, and the main protagonists are the members of one large Romany family. Taip and Remzija have six children. Their source of income is the sale of the old things that they pick up from the city dump. But there also are others that have their eyes set on the city dump so Taip gets into a conflict with Omer, the leader of a gang whose members do not hesitate to use daggers as an argument in the quarrels.
The poverty his family lives in does not prevent Taip from dreaming, dreaming of India, the ancient fatherland of Gypsies. The incidental acquaintance with Dr. Ridzu, ethnic Hindu, a member of the American contingent of UNPREDEP (United Nations Preventive Deployment) in Macedonia, gives him an idea about how to make the money he needs to buy a horse which will take his family to India. Among other things, he needs the money to buy a yellow metal bed, the year’s old dream of Ramzija. That is how the stream of "unfortunate events" begins in the family of Taip. Dr. Ridzu signs the death certificates for the grandmother, the mother, and the sons. For the deaths Taip gets money from the social welfare funds. This way, "the dead" are condemned to a life in the enclosed room of the improvised home of Taip.
In such circumstances, one of Taips sons unveils his true nature and begins a love affair with the Indian. At the funeral of the third son, Bajram who agrees to die only if a real burial is organized, Taip is late with the exhumation and bad fortune takes over his family. The dreamer, Taip, faces the misfortunes that happen to his close relatives. 
The money he took is not enough to make his dreams come true. In the end, in the feud with Omer, who was killed by Taip’s son, Fazli, Taip himself is murdered. His body, leaning against the steps of the freight train departs for somewhere away from the Romany settlement.

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