This documentary follows three young children growing up in Cuba’s world-famous ballet system. It is a portrait through time, as cinematic brush strokes reveal the quiet miracle of growing up.

Daniela, Arlette, and Alex, age nine, are just beginning their training in Cuba’s world-famous ballet program. They’re young, they’re Cuban, they’re dancers. But this is where their similarities end. Through cinematic tableaux interwoven with intensely private moments at home and school, Primaria traces each child’s blossoming life over four years of grueling training until all three emerge as teenagers, poised to confront their futures

“It is a privilege,” says acclaimed filmmaker John Gianvito, “to be invited so warmly into the lives of others.”


Sunday, October 23 | 2:00 pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Eventbrite - Screening of Rare Birds: Making Ekman's A Swan Lake

(USA, 2016) 83:27
Director: Mary Jane Doherty
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Additional Credits

Lead Dancers Arlette Acosta Fajardo, Alex Jordano De Armas Pérez, Daniela Pérez Gómez | Producer(s) Mary Jane Doherty and Lyda Kuth | Production Company Joppa Films | Director of Photography Mary Jane Doherty


San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Dance of the NeuronsDance of the Neurons

(USA, 2015) 5:06
Director: Jody Oberfelder and Eric Siegel
Choreographer: Jody Oberfelder
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Twenty-four dancers echo the birth of neurons and synaptic connections.

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