Run Raven Run is a groundbreaking music documentary about the past and present of Roma music, narrated by Michael Madsen. But, it is also much more than that. It depicts how venerable traditions are turned upside down by new movements being spawned inside inaccessible ghettos. It shows the rise of youth culture to redefine outdated values of society. And its soundtrack is off the charts! Viewers, young or old, attracted to any of these elements of storytelling will want to watch Run Raven Run.
In this film, we can learn about Romanian gypsy culture and music that we did not know well before; through the history of gypsy migration and settlement; the history of ordeal such as discrimination against them and the Holocaust of the 20th century; Nicolae Ceausescu’s ruling, perestroika; the Western music formed by globalization; and the formation of the Manele genre influenced by Türkiye and Eastern music. Like black music in the United States, the suffering and resentment that the oppressed experienced have been sublimated into gypsy music and art, and they have maintained their identity and culture. We can also understand that some gypsy music contains emotions similar to Korean resentment. (Noh Kwangwoo)
Michael has begun shooting his next feature doc entitled The Last Living Hollywood African about the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzee, and Toxic. Michael’s company RAINPIX, INC. recently produced a short documentary for Spike Lee’s new film Da Five Bloods for Netflix and won the Gold Clio Award for his efforts.