From one our readers comes this brilliant article about the film, Vengo by Tony Gatlif. It is an exploration of the director's use of thematic codes and symbolism.
Vengo explores the continuity and multi-faceted influence of the Roma and North African cultures in Andalusia through a narrative structure that employs similar patterns of continuity and duality. Gatlif's multi-layered exploration of regions and cultures marked by the sirocco is guided by a brilliantly coded series of symbols and alter-narratives that are woven together by recurring symbols such as wind, water, music, circle dance and light, among several others. Thus the film's most prominent symbols are the very elements/features that link the seemingly separate lands and traditions of Spain, North Africa and India.
Read the full article here by Jacob Dyer-Spiegel.
Jacob also hosts a forum through his website where others have written interesting essays on Vengo as well: Lenguamente Forum