SIFFsupports | RFF: The New Gypsy Kings

Romania | 2016 | 59 minutes | Liviu Tipurita

November 19, 2017

This film goes inside the world of Romania's super-rich Gypsy popstars - a world of fast cars, lavish houses and gangsters.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Roma community is one of Europe's most marginalized and impoverished; for years their traditional music has been their most famous export. Now a new type of Gypsy sound called Manele has swept across the country. Manele stars can earn 20,000 euros a night at opulent weddings, with cash showered over them by guests. Their videos can get millions of hits on YouTube. But Manele is controversial - some of its lyrics glorify gangsterism and some of its biggest fans are notorious underworld figures. Traditional musicians, like the world-famous Taraf de Haïdouks, once championed by Johnny Depp, claim that Manele has put them out of business and that the new genre is destroying the Gypsy music brand. This film explores an extraordinary social and cultural change through its infectious soundtrack.

  • Director: Liviu Tipurita
  • Principal Cast: Liviu Tipurita
  • Country: Romania, Germany, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 59 minutes
  • Language: English