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Flamenco Syndrome: Portland Premiere!

Flamenco Syndrome: Portland Premiere!



September 27, 2019

6:30 Doors

7pm Film

8pm Q&A via Skype with filmmaker

Tickets $5.00

Espacio Flamenco Portland and Portland Flamenco Events are proud to present: Flamenco Syndrome

We will be connecting with filmmaker Bijoyini Chatterjee via Skype for a brief Q&A following the film.

Director Notes:

Flamenco Syndrome is an encounter between my two passions – film and flamenco. My artistic inquiry begins with the desire to befriend the world while I am guided by curiosity and intuition. During this exploration, I often find that my perceptions of people, places and relationships are shifting. My work is based on this sense of disorientation as I constantly rediscover the world.

I had been studying Flamenco dance in the USA for several years before I was finally able to travel to Jerez (Spain) in 2009.

I was completely unprepared for how much in love I would fall with the gypsy culture, the flamenco culture of Jerez and its surrounding towns. It was in this region where the itinerant musicians, who left India 1000 years ago, settled down after centuries of migration in Central Asia and Europe. Their encounter with this foreign soil was culturally explosive, giving birth to the culture we know as Flamenco!

I had the great honor to be welcomed in the Andalusian homes and to establish  authentic friendships with families like Miguel’s. This unique access inspired me to film alone and shoot with a small video camera instead of my professional one. Thus, the cinematography of Flamenco Syndrome is organic and spontaneous, resulting in an intimate and sincere film.

Gary Hayes
Bijoyini Chatterjee
United States, Spain

The passion for flamenco dance takes the Indian-American filmmaker to Jerez (Spain). The encounters with the gypsies and the "payos" flourish in friendships and the filmmaker tries to understand the Flamenco Syndrome: the inexplicable seduction by the mysterious songs and by the addiction to the dance. As the music penetrates her pores, the filmmaker is deeply transformed by songs, dance, people and landscapes. The film reflects on how to sing the songs of others and in the process reveals the essence of one in a foreign and predominantly gypsy culture that has an incredible attraction.

Special Admission