In My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding ancient traditions meet modern fashion when girls as young as 15 and their families compete to have the most outrageous weddings. This observational documentary follows the public spectacle of these over-the-top affairs as four gypsy brides prepare for their wedding day. Many girls get married after their 16th birthday with the support of their family.
The weddings are visual spectacles – the brides compete to have the most flamboyant dresses that sometimes weigh more than the bride herself. Gaining rare access into this fascinating and often misunderstood community, the film uses the premise of weddings to reveal a culture where sex before marriage is taboo and divorce is unheard of.
Used to being taunted, this is a community that lives alongside but detached from mainstream society. It is a community of contrasts, living by centuries old religious and cultural traditions but at the same time embracing the garish extremes of the celebrity and fashion-obsessed times in which we live.... Read more.