The Bird Dancer

A Balinese woman with Tourette's Syndrome struggles for acceptance

The Bird Dancer focuses on Gusti Ayu Suartini, a young Balinese woman living with Tourette’s syndrome. Members of Gusti’s small rural community regard her with scorn or pity. Mired in loneliness, Gusti begins to question the meaningfulness of her existence after treatment by Western and traditional practitioners fails.

The Bird Dancer follows her slow, painful, and courageous effort to create an independent life for herself and addresses the profound impact of family and community’s acceptance or rejection on the lifecourse of persons living with a neuropsychiatric disorder.

40 min

Director: Robert Lemelson
Producer: Robert Lemelson, Alessandra Pasquino
Director of Photography: Dag Yngvesson
Editor: Herbert Bennett
Consulting Editor: Pietro Scalia
Music Composer: Malcolm Cross
Music Editor: Richard Henderson



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