Centrul Astra Film



Astra Film Festival

American Gipsy: A Stranger In Everybody’s Land

| USA | 1999 | 80'

There are one million Gypsies in America, who most people know nothing about. They continue to live according to traditions that remain mysterious to outsiders. This is at least in part because a central aspect of Gypsy culture is the limiting of contact with non-Gypsies. The film tells the story of one Romani family in the American Northwest that has defied the wall of silence surrounding their people. Jimmy Marks, a flamboyant community leader, and his family struggle to regain reputation and property after a racially motivated police raid in their Spokane, Washington home. "American Gypsy" unravels the history and culture of the Roma and the prejudices about their way of life that have arisen over the centuries.