SFDFF On The Road

Raising Voices 2023 (RV23)​

SFDFF’s 5th annual Raising Voices shorts program spotlights moving stories told through movement, poetry, and music from artists who harness dance as cultural expression and activism. From student filmmakers to seasoned professionals, this program features street dancers, disabled artists, and burlesque and circus performers who find empowerment in their identities, communities, and surroundings.

To request the rental of this Touring Reel Program, please send an email to linda@dancefilmsf.org.

The Program:

The Name of a River–Mollie Moore, Eleonora Privitera
Memory and nature are pathways to self-discovery in “The Name of a River,” a short film exploring Queer visions and landscapes through dance and poetry.
Mollie Moore, Eleonora Privitera
Fabricio Seraphin
(United States, 2023) 3:23 minutes

The Name of a River

Until The Moon Is Born In The West Lea Bethke dance film SFDFF 2023
Together with dancers who have experienced war and flight, "Until the Moon is Born in the West" tells a refugee’s story, from the hopelessness of a destroyed home and the suffocating fear of being on the run to the confusions of hope and disorientation when arriving at a safe harbor.
Lea Bethke
Raphael Moussa Hillebran, Medhat Aldaabal
(Germany, 2023) 23:55 minutes

Until the Moon is Born in the West

Whats Bred In The Blood and Bone Robin M Gee dance film SFDFF 2023
Robin M. Gee screendance was inspired by the work of Ida Bell Wells, whose writing documented the episodic period of lynchings in the 1890’s.
Robin M Gee
Robin M Gee
(United States, 2023) 5:20 minutes

What’s Bred in the Blood and Bone

Pióra–Jay Gearing
Two dancers craft love letters to themselves in “Pióra,” layering sign language with swirling, expressive dance to explore issues of gender and disability through friendship, solidarity, and nature.
Jay Gearing
Kate Marsh, Dominika Feiglewicz, Patrycja Jarosinska
(United Kingdom, 2022) 7:56 minutes


The Reclamation of My BlackAssImagination-An Awakening ,Reena Dutt
A lone dancer’s movement merges with poetry in “The Reclamation of My Black Ass Imagination: An Awakening” to boldly assert Black self-actualization in the face of systemic racism and violence.
Reena Dutt
Jamal Wade
(United States, 2022) 6:13 minutes

The Reclamation of My Black Ass Imaginat...

This One is for You-Mesh Kussman
In the documentary short “This One Is For You,” celebrated burlesque dancer Jillian Schmitz shares her journey of navigating emotional abuse, depression, anorexia, and misogyny to embrace her authenticity and transform trauma into creative power.
Mesha Kussman
Jillian Schmitz
(United States, 2023) 9:15 minutes

This One Is for You