A documentary looking at the formation and eventual dissolution of The Shukar Collective, a collaboration between three Gypsy folk musicians and a posse of urban music producers and DJs.
The film highlights the vibrancy and raw musical talent of the Romany Gypsy musicians; the director, Matei-Alexandru Mocanu, sensibly letting the music lead the way with sustained sequences. He also captures several breathtaking improvisations which further emphasise the virtuosity –and unpredictability – of the performers. Yet the film is just as much about wider social issues as it is about music and the gulf that exists between the Gypsy community and the rest of Romanian society. An atmosphere of distrust and confrontation develops as the film makes this divide apparent. – Brighton Film Festival