Masters pass on their craft to their descendants in these four documentary shorts.

These four documentary shorts celebrate and uplift the legacies of storied dance teachers and traditions. The program begins in the East Bay with profiles of boogaloo pioneer Big Dubb and the Indigenous Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. Then, it ventures to Haiti and Pakistan for heartfelt portraits of two master teachers.

Co-Presenter: World Arts West / Dance Mission Theater

Program Info

Runtime: 69 minutes

October 15 - October 24

Venue: Streaming on Marquee TV

$8.99 / $45 (shorts pass) / $50 (festival pass)

Program Films

Big Dubb

Film still "Big Dub" documentary film Mira Campau at SFDFF 2021
A nostalgic ride through the memory of Big Dubb — a true West Oakland boogaloo dance pioneer
Mira Campau
Darrin Hodges
(USA, 2021) 9:10 min

Chishkale: The Blessing of the Acorn

Film still from "Chishkale" documentary film by Linda Mai Green at SFDFF 2021
Bernadette Smith, from the Manchester band of Pomo Indians, weaves the story of her Tan Oak conservation efforts into a contemporary Indigenous dance piece created to honor the sacred, traditional food of California Natives
Linda Mai Green
Rulan Tangen
(USA, 2020) 4:56 min
Folk / World

In the Heart of Vivianne Gauthier

Film still from "In the Heart of Vivianne Gauthier" Marie Claude Fournier documentary film at SFDFF 2021
A portrait of Vivianne Gauthier, a tenacious, energetic, disciplined, and singular dancer, choreographer and teacher who built her life around preserving traditional Haitian dance, which in turn transformed her into an emblematic figure of Haitian culture
Marie-Claude Fournier
Vivianne Gauthier
(Canada, 2017) 11:55 min
Folk / World

How She Moves

Film still from How She Moves documentary film Anya Raza and Aisha Linnea Akhtar at SFDFF 2021
Follow the spirited Indu Mitha, a 90-year-old dance teacher, as she prepares for her final dance performance
Anya Raza, Aisha Linnea Akhtar
Indu Mitha, Tehreema Mitha
(Pakistan, 2020) 47:50 min
Folk / World