"Gitanistan", traveling among Salentine Roma

gitanistan 290Oronzo is the son of Giuseppe Rinaldi, nicknamed "Seppu lu Zingaru" (Seppu the Gypsy), and works as a butcher after working on horse trade for years.

His family in the '70s used to buy and sell about 300 animals a week.

Claudio Giagnotti, known by all as the "Cavallo" (Horse), is his grandson and is a musician and a producer. He is well known in the world music panorama with his group Mascarimirì. In 2010 with the album "Gitanistan" he began a personal journey to discover the roots of his family.

Realizing the eponymous film, he decides to enter the homes of some Salentine Roma families to tell the stories of a silent community, so integrated in the territory that it became almost "invisible".

When, centuries ago, the first Roma groups came into contact with this area of ​​Puglia they managed in fact to understand and meet the needs of the local community. From generation to generation, reciprocal contamination has created "mixed" traditions still very widespread, such as eating "pezzetti di cavallo" (pieces of horse), which is a typical dish, or as the "pizzica scherma" (pinch fencing), an ancient way of "settling accounts" by men around the campfire that precede the great agricultural summer markets summer.

"Humility and the energy of the stars of the film have been sources of inspiration both for the finalization of the documentary and for me on a personal level" writes Cavallo in the director's notes. "I dare say that this story offers interesting ideas to improve the society in which we live. An example for the Roma who insist on wanting to be marginal, an example for those people who see diversity as a source of trouble and destabilization."







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