Doc Shorts

Five documentary shorts capture real-life stories in a compact form colored by the intimately personal language of movement.

These five documentary dance shorts capture real-life stories in a compact form colored by the intimately personal language of movement. Explore the creative process with dancers from Nigeria, Japan, Cuba, Paris, and the Crow Creek Native American Reservation as they navigate heartfelt triumphs and challenges. From seasoned contemporary and ballet dancers to a young dancing queen, these artists share a deep sense of focus and drive in their approaches to finding meaning and freedom in life through dance.

Program Sponsor: Katja Björner


Program Info

Runtime: 75 Minutes

Friday, October 6 @ 7:30pm

Venue: ODC Theater

$15 General Admission

Program Films

Every Step Counts–Takano Yonen, Andreas Guzman
“Every Step Counts” takes an inside look at the artistic inspiration and motivations of Takano Yonen, a Japanese soloist member of the Hong Kong Ballet.
Andreas Guzman
Takano Yonen
(Hong Kong, 2023) 3:31 minutes

Every Step Counts | Takano Yonen

Then Comes The Body, Jacob Krupnick
“Then Comes the Body” is a short documentary about the challenges and opportunities experienced by students at the Leap of Dance Academy, Nigeria’s first and only ballet school.
Jacob Krupnick
Daneil Owoseni Ajala
(United States, 2023) 14:44 minutes

Then Comes The Body

Otro Lado (Other Side)-Gabriela Cavanagh, Grace McNally
In “OtroLado [Otherside],” three of Cuba’s most celebrated dancers leave the national contemporary dance company to form their own trio—an act of courage and faith that challenges their determination to face sacrifices, take risks, and explore new dreams together.
Gabriela Cavanagh, Grace McNally
Norge Cedeño, Thais Suárez, Niosbel González
(United State, 2023)) 13:18 minutes

OtroLado [OtherSide]

What Next Cécile Rogue documentary dance film SFDFF 2023
“What Next?” features Paris Opera Ballet dancer Julien Meyzindi as he confronts compulsory retirement after thirty years at the storied institution.
Cécile ROGUE
Julien Meyzindi
(France, 2023) 15:20 minutes

What Next?

My Life, Dancing Queen-Ahmed Peerbux
“My Life: Dancing Queen” follows twelve-year-old Laleeyah as she prepares her dance for the annual Pow Wow celebration on the Crow Creek Native American reservation in South Dakota.
Ahmed Peerbux
(United Kingdom, 2022) 28:00 minutes

My Life: Dancing Queen