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Origins of Film

Other Crew

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. She has also developed educational outreach programs, and she teaches occasional classes in the USA and Europe, and enjoys guiding new directors to create their own films.


In-depth interview about making this film and films in general

- Jason Whyte,

In-depth interview with Jasmine Dellal about GYPSY CARAVAN and AMERICAN GYPSY

- Stylus Magazine PDF

Fun little Interview with director about favourite technology...

- The Guardian (UK) link | PDF

RADIO - interview with Jasmine Dellal and musings on Roma and music.

- WNYC Soundcheck, June 2007 link | PDF


2006 - WHEN THE ROAD BENDS... tales of a Gypsy Caravan
2000 - AMERICAN GYPSY: a stranger in everybody's land
1993 - SHE SAYS

Other Crew Members

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).
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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.

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.

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