Regizor: Shaun Williams
Durata: 85 min
Zakarpattia examines issues of place, identity, and traditionality among wedding musicians in the borderlands of Transcarpathia, Ukraine. The film follows the Manyo Family Band from the small town of Tiachiv as they embark on their annual tour of Hungary, and explores these musicians’ complex relationships with their own Ruthenian-Romani identities as they struggle to make a living within post-socialist “world music” contexts. Along the way, we meet other musicians whose stories help to shed light on the experiences of Romani musicians under communism and post-Soviet transition.
Shaun Williams is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. From 2008-2012, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Transcarpathia and Pokuttia regions of Ukraine, where he worked closely with Romani rights and disability rights organizations. His current dissertation research is focused on issues of musical cosmopolitanism and Romani identity in post-socialist Romania.