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Gateway of the Gypsies

From: Anil Mundra
Length: 03:49

review of documentary "Jaisalmer Ayo: Gateway of the Gypsies"

Gatewaygypsies_small The modern-day European Roma, often called "gypsies", are a mysterious and oft-romanticized people. Nomadically spread across Eastern and Southern Europe, they are perennial outsiders to their host cultures, begging the question of their land of origin. Linguistic and genetic evidence in the 1990s linked them to India; more recently, filmmaker Melitta Tchaicovsky traveled to that country and found personal traces of the ancestors of the gypsies.

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The modern-day European Roma, often called "gypsies", are a mysterious and oft-romanticized people. Nomadically spread across Eastern and Southern Europe, they are perennial outsiders to their host cultures, begging the question of their land of origin. Linguistic and genetic evidence in the 1990s linked them to India; more recently, filmmaker Melitta Tchaicovsky traveled to that country and found personal traces of the ancestors of the gypsies.