Perpignan: the House of the rumba, in the heart of the gypsy culture of Saint-Jacques, broadcast on France 3

This Thursday, April 28, at 10:35 p.m., France 3 broadcasts the documentary about the Catalan rumba directed by Bernard Giglio and produced by Philippe Lenglet. Together they immersed themselves in the gypsy culture.

Look beyond the notes to see how music connects people and even an entire community. The documentary Rumba House, directed by Bernard Giglio and produced by Philippe Lenglet, strives to highlight the importance of this musical genre in the Roma community. In these 52 minutes, which can be seen this Thursday, April 28 on France 3 Occitanie at 10:35 p.m., viewers will be able to discover a large number of portraits made largely in Perpignan but also in Sète, Montpellier or even Nimes. However, it was across the border, in Barcelona, ​​where Bernard Giglio and Philippe Langlet first encountered Catalan rumba. “The musicologist Guy Bertrand put us in touch with Miliu Calabitch, nephew of Peret, the Catalan rumba of the 80stell the two authors of the documentary. In Barcelona we met another expert of the genre, Peret Reyes. He tours internationally, records albums, but is also the caretaker of the building. When he explained this to us, we understood that we would have stories to tell.“.

From Perpignan to Barcelona passing through the Camargue, the Casa de Rumba offers a unique look at gypsy culture and its link with music.
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Thanks to music, the director and producer open a door to gypsy culture. Because, in this documentary, the Catalan rumba is the support for the presentation of life stories. “We faced problems of poverty and malnutrition. But we have also witnessed the unconditional love they have for their children.“, they specify. So many life scenes that they immortalized between the end of 2019 and the spring of 2021.

From Perpignan to Barcelona passing through the Camargue, Casa de Rumba offers an original documentary on gypsy culture and its link with music.

From Perpignan to Barcelona passing through the Camargue, Casa de Rumba offers an original documentary on gypsy culture and its link with music.
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The layman will also immerse himself in a universe made up of culture and traditions sometimes unknown to the general public. The documentary opens, for example, with the image of a caravan on fire. This custom has been practiced for a long time by nomadic gypsies. “We didn’t know it, but when a community member died, his trailer burned down and his name was not spoken for a year.“, explains Bernard Giglio. Philippe Lenglet, he, was especially marked by the influence of the travels of the nomadic gypsies in the musicality of the Catalan rumba: “For example, when they play the guitar, it’s something they borrowed from the South Americans. When the Cubans hit the beat in the fish boxes“.

A mise en abyme to discover this Thursday night on France 3 or in a few weeks, in replay, on platforms or online.

From Perpignan to Barcelona passing through the Camargue, Casa de Rumba offers an original documentary on gypsy culture and its link with music.

From Perpignan to Barcelona passing through the Camargue, Casa de Rumba offers an original documentary on gypsy culture and its link with music.
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