THE FILMMAKER

Bijoyini Chatterjee is a filmmaker, photographer and dancer and is the co-founder of Onirica Productions. Born and brought up in India, she was introduced to the world of films by her mother Gayatri Chatterjee who is a renowned film scholar, author and film-maker.

She moved to Boston (USA) to pursue a career in software design but a near fatal car accident at the age of 27 served as a catalyst for change. She has been pursuing filmmaking and photography full time since 2008.

Her short film When I Was (2010) was selected for the Cologne Online Film Festival, and was also shown at the Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho) in 2010.

Bijoyini was an assistant director for Indian filmmaker Gayatri Chatterjee’s Homes for Gods and Mortals (2010).

She collaborates with many international artists, dancers and was part of Boston based initiative – Community Supported Film.

Flamenco Syndrome (2018) is her first feature length documentary.

Currently she is working on her second feature length documentary Conference of the Birds (2020) with Juan Carlos Barrera Romero about a group of 8 dancers from 8 different countries who meet in Boston to interpret a 12th century Sufi poem by the same name.

Bijoyini is also working on a documentary What Happened to our Dreams (working title) about the portrait of the 60s generation from the counterculture movement that changed the social and cultural landscape of a ghost mining town called Bisbee, AZ.

She lives and works in the southern border town of Bisbee, Arizona with her partner Juan Carlos Barrera Romero and their daughter Adhara Alba where they are involved with film and music projects on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

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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.

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