Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It's Esma Vs. Borat

Joining the queue of Americans preparing to sue the producers of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat movie, reports Večernji list, is none other than the Macedonian Roma singer Esma Redžepova.

Redžepova's song Chaje shukarije is used to soundtrack the film's opening sequence, purporting to display the poverty of Borat's home village in Kazakhstan but actually shot in the Romanian village of Glod, largely populated by Roma who have themselves attacked the producers for originally misrepresenting the film as a documentary on the hardship of their village.

Redžepova now claims she was never consulted before the song was included on the soundtrack, which raises the question: who holds the rights to the track and thought that this would be an appropriate project to license them to in the first place?

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