#HOTDOCS: “FAITH AND BRANKO”
By George Kozera
Faith is in Serbia to learn all about gypsy music known as Roma. While there, she meets Branko, a Roma Violinist, and this British Artist slowly develops romantic feelings towards her effervescent musical collaborator. They make beautiful music together and decide to marry.
FAITH AND BRANKO follows these lovebirds as they journey through their life together. While wonderful at first, Faith needs her travel itch to be scratched and Branko is reluctant to leave his family and the comfort he feels living in Serbia but he eventually relents, leaving his homeland for the first time ever in his life. As they start their trajectory and develop a strong fan base around the world, cracks begin to form in the foundation of their marriage.
It is difficult not be entertained by this couple. Though stereotypically Brit stoic, Faith is singularly-focused and Branko is an energetic and at times volatile whirlwind. I also defy anyone not to fall in love with Branko’s foul-mouth grandmother. When the marriage is tested due to an event that was no surprise to me at all and Branko returns home to be with his family, we are left wondering if their personal relationship and musical partnership will survive. See FAITH AND BRANKO to find out.