Jasmine Dellal grew up in England and spent much of her childhood
with grandparents in a south Indian village. After studying French & Spanish at Oxford
University, she made short films for her Masters at U.C. Berkeley and won a student
Emmy for a profile of a homeless photographer. Dellal's teacher and mentor in California
was the acclaimed Marlon Riggs, with whom she worked on his final feature "Black Is...Black Ain't."
In the early 1990s, Dellal stumbled on a book about "Gypsies" which ended up launching
her on a decade of making films about Roma.
Dellal directed, produced, wrote & edited her first feature documentary,
"AMERICAN GYPSY: a stranger in everybody's land"
(which had an arthouse theatrical release; played dozens of festivals worldwide; won awards;
and aired on PBS's prestigious POV series, drawing the season's highest ratings). Dellal
founded Little Dust Productions to make
artistic films with a social conscience. Now based in New York, she teaches occasional classes
in the USA and Europe, and enjoys guiding new directors to create their own films.
FEATURE INTERVIEW with Director
In-depth interview about making this film and films in general, by Jason Whyte for EFilmCritic.com
2006 - WHEN THE ROAD BENDS... tales of a Gypsy Caravan
2000 - AMERICAN GYPSY: a stranger in everybody's land
1993 - SHE SAYS
1991 - IN HIS OWN IMAGE
Other Crew Members
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Albert Maysles - USA, Romania
In 1999 Eastman Kodak saluted Maysles as one of the world's 100 finest cinematographers. Along with his late
brother David, Albert Maysles created "direct cinema," the distinctly American version of French "cinéma
vérité." Considered a genius in his field, Maysles' 40 year career includes such classics as "Gimme
Shelter," "Salesman," "Grey Gardens," "Primary," "What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA," "The Rolling Stones
Altamont Concert," and most recently "Lalee's Kin: the story of cotton" (Sundance 2001 Cinematography Award).
For more info see: www.mayslesfilms.com
Alain de Halleux - Europe
Alain de Halleux is an acclaimed Belgian director and photographer who brings his beautiful sense of composition
and dynamic images to this film. With more than ten documentary and fiction films under his belt, de Halleux has
won an array of prestigious awards including the Prix de la Qualité in France, Special Jury Prize of the
Festival International de Bruxelles, and International Critics' Prize at Flanders - this for his most recent
fiction work, "Pleure Pas Germaine", which garnered high praise for its distinctive visual style. He holds INSAS
qualification in film directing, and received the Belgian Vocational Prize for photography. His photojournalism
has taken him from Afghanistan to Lebanon. De Halleux is currently shooting and directing a documentary about an
ambulance worker facing the challenge of being a Moroccan immigrant in Belgium.
FURTHER PRODUCTION TEAM NOTES:
Through work on her last film, Jasmine Dellal made contacts with Roma who are eager to work on this project.
Thus, we have Romani translators and production crew from New York and Los Angeles, to Macedonia and Madrid.
This is an extremely rare level of collaboration between Roma and non-Roma which lends the film an original
and intimate perspective. Among many Roma there is an understandable skepticism about filmmakers, a fear that
all films about Gypsies will only show the crime or the exotica. It is a rare privilege and a challenge to
have been trusted to do more than that.