Saturday, December 31, 2011

Flamenco Ghetto - Spain

I don't agree with this word "Ghetto" at all!!! Who are these bloody Australian Journeyman Pictures people? Whatever, the documentary is still worth posting. I'm fascinated to find anything with English subtitling or dubbed about Flamenco. Your thoughts mi familia flamenca? Am I the only one, or should I just let it go?

They are not allowing embed, so here is the site link:

Fiery taps and stern looks define a stirring flamenco performance. For those who can master it, there's money in it.

But flamenco started life as the lament of an oppressed people who left India centuries ago before some settled in Spain -- the gypsies. Today their inspiration comes from the Seville ghetto. It's so run down the state no longer collects rent. The police barely patrol here -- outsiders enter only with permission. Gypsy dons Ramon and Jose are in charge, a pair who have made their fortune from flamenco. Today they foster new talent. Many of their songs recall centuries of racist abuse, where speaking their language could mean your tongue was ripped out. 'We had to express ourselves in this way' says Ramon. 'With flamenco we sing our sadness, our joys and all our feelings'. Flamenco's power is deep within -- a force called duende -- the spirit -- that can be moved by great sadness or joy. For the ghetto youth, life's harshness has given them great emotion to draw on.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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