Gypsyland – Documentary

Our Project

When we started out making this exciting documentary about the Gypsy festival in the Camargue, the gypsies, who are one of the most persecuted people in history, were once again being threatened. President Sarkozy had offered them €300 each to leave France voluntarily. Those who declined his offer had to watch while bulldozers destroyed their homes. I had already been over in France and started work on the film so I felt outraged and at the same time a great deal of compassion for the people and characters I had come to love & trust.

If like us you value freedom, self-expression in music and dance, tribal traditions and those who live in harmony with our natural resources, then please join us. Your collaboration will result in the creation of this inspiring documentary that might help change people’s perceptions of the gypsies.

While filming the pilgrimage, I became fascinated by the mysterious story of the Gypsy Saint Sarah. Following in her trail laid down by the eminent Gypsy scholar Prof Ian Hancock, I was led back through time to mediaeval India.

The Goal

Now we need your help to unravel the mystery. The next step is to interview Romani historians and other experts to uncover St Sarah’s ancient roots. We are fortunate to have Espresso TV on-board as our international distributor and now need to raise £44 000 to finish the filming, editing and postproduction to the highest broadcast specifications. With your help and the money that you pledge we will complete a one-hour TV documentary for international broadcast and film festivals.

We can only finish our film with your help. You are now a co-creator and as much a part of it as we are.

You can help by spreading the word to others. Share this link,Like us on Facebook, please email this Kickstarter link to your friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, teammates and everybody else.

Feel most welcome to email mattatgypsylanddotcodotuk ormartynatgypsylanddotcodotuk to ask us questions, get more information, and become involved in the making of Gypsyland on our website:

We will keep you updated every step of the way.

In telling St Sarah’s story we might begin to break down the barriers of prejudice that have been built around these people. Your pledge will give these incredible people the voice they deserve.


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