Friday, September 11, 2009

Gogol Bordello Non-Stop

Opening this weekend in New York: Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, directed by Margarita Jimeno

Synopsis from the movie's website:

From New York City's sensational Russo-disco scene to a non-stop touring marathon with his band Gogol Bordello, Eugene Hütz takes us deep into his artistic life and influences. The story unfolds over five years, beginning in 2001, and follows Eugene and Gogol Bordello's progress from underground legend to international phenomenon.

Ranging in age from 25 to 50 years old, and hailing from five different countries,
Gogol Bordello's members share their tales of immigration, of how they became part of the band, and how they quit their day jobs to go on tour. Taking pride in his Roma (or Gypsy) background, Hütz not only sings in Romany, he collaborates with and supports New York City’s Roma musicians, such as Yuri Yunakov, and Piroska Racz. And after five years on the road, the band has coalesced into a solid artistic collective, a family.

Through music, the film delivers messages of social and political commentary, and captures Gogol Bordello in the act of performing, whether as headliner or as the spark of incendiary jams with such acts as Fanfare Ciocarlia (a traditional Gypsy brass band), and Manu Chao (a French/Spanish rocker). And with an international tribe of “multi-culti” fan-friend supporters, Gogol Bordello keeps “instigating creative hell and attacking people’s passivity” (Hütz).

Gogol Bordello Non-Stop goes beyond music, beyond the political, opening hearts and ears to an artistic revolution in a globalized era.

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