Gogol Bordello non-stop
Posted by easternxpress on September 1, 2009
A Gypsy Punk Documentary by Margarita Jimeno
87 minutes • Color • Stereo •2008
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
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.
Screening at EasternXpress festival 2009