The Bird Dancer

A Balinese woman with Tourette’s Syndrome struggles for acceptance (40 min)


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.



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