Vasile Nedea

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43 minutes / Colour / 2009
Directed by
Sjoerd van Grootheest

Country of production Netherlands

The film tells the story of Vasile Nedea, a Romanian gypsy musician an Amsterdam. Due to his former illegal status there have been times in which he was forced to show his skills whilst busking the streets. However, his extraordinary talent has not remained unrecognised, as he is currently playing in the Netherlands’ and Western Europe’s most famous concert halls. The film takes the audience on a journey through the diverse musical world of Vasile Nedea during a transitional period on his road to success. Following an observational cinematographic style, the film allows the viewer to travel along with Vasile to witness some of the encounters he frequently has in numerous different musical settings. It also tries to stimulate the viewer to think about his or her own image of “the other” and tries to leave the viewer realising his views might have shifted somewhat during this fourty minutes of anthropological and music minded documentary.

Language and subtitles Dutch

Location(s) depicted Amsterdam

Region Western Europe

Country The Netherlands

Keywords Travellers / Roma Music / Ethnomusicology