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Raising Voices 2022 (RV22)

Delve into moving stories through a provocative collection of activism-based films featuring dance, storytelling, poetry and music

SFDFF’s 4th annual Raising Voices shorts program creates a platform for the work of under-represented artists and amplifies their powerful messages of activism. Delve into moving stories of immigration, colonialism, and the search for cultural identity as makers from diverse backgrounds champion their causes through a provocative collision of dance, storytelling, poetry and music. Enjoy films like Neon Phantom (Brazil, 2021), where Brazilian delivery drivers take center stage as they fantasize about new lives in an exuberant Broadway musical style. Or Ghost Labor: A Dance Film (USA, 2022), by Bay Area filmmaker/choreographer collaborators John Jota Leaños and Vanessa Sanchez, which highlights the contributions of Mexican farmworkers through tap dance, Mexican Zapateado, Son Jarocho, Afro Caribbean movement, and music.

Program Films

Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film
Polyrhythmic dance highlights years of systemic exploitation of labor while amplifying the power and joy of collective resistance.
John Jota Leaños, Vanessa Sanchez
Vanessa Sanchez
(United States, 2022) 13:12 minutes

Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film

The Space Between Us, Gabriel Diamond
The Space Between Us is a radical experiment in the power of bearing witness, inviting vulnerability, and sharing movement, in a time of social distancing and racial reckoning.
Gabriel Diamond
Sarah Crowell, Keith Hennessey
(United States, 2021) 6:00 minutes

The Space Between Us

The Weight of Sugar, Jingqiu Guan
A young black woman guides us toward ascension, releasing the vestiges of oppression.
Jingqiu Guan
Bernard Brown
(United States, 2021) 11:44 minutes

The Weight of Sugar

When NayNay Comes Home, Deborah Slater
A young Filipino daughter copes with the Pandemic and the nurse pipeline from the Philippines.
Deborah Slater
Rachel Garcia
(United States, 2022) 5:48 minutes

When Nanay Comes Home

Neon Phantom, Leonardo Martinelli
A motorcycle musical fantasy.
Leonardo Martinelli
Soraya Bastos
(Brazil, 2021) 20:00 minuters

Neon Phantom

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