In this months Café, Dash Arts will screen Tony Gatlif‘s musical love letter to Europe’s Roma communities –Latcho Drom
Made more than 25 years ago, it is a meticulously and beautifully crafted documentary examining the Romany culture and traditions across Europe with a stunning music score.
There will be a post-film conversation with members of the UK Roma communities and academics, exploring what life is like today for Roma across Europe.
Latcho Drom (Safe Journey)
Details: 1993, France, Cert PG, 103 mins
Direction: Tony Gatlif
Summary: Meticulously crafted documentary examining the Romany culture and traditions around the world, opening in the summer and concluding the following spring. Tony Gatlif’s film compares and contrasts the rituals of Romanys from as far apart as India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Spain, France, Hungary and Slovakia – seeing how the community interacts and how singing and dancing are such an integral part of the Romany way of life.
Dash Arts creates artistic experiences that challenge the way we see the world in collaboration with exceptional international artists.
Our regular Dash Cafés feature live music, film, performance, readings and discussion at venues across London. Intimate and informal, the Cafés offer a chance to encounter new ideas, surprising perspectives and unusual artists who shed new light on the regions in which we work.
Our current season of work is EUTOPIA, investigating what it means to be European. EUTOPIA emerged as a direct response to the 2016 EU Referendum. As the UK voted to leave the EU, we felt the need to ask what Europe means. We are focusing our spotlight on Europe with a cross-arts approach that integrates research, development, participation, presentation, and production over several years.
Image credit: Tony Gatlif, courtesy of KG Productions