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.
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.