2019 Women’s History Month Screening

Dance Film SF is pleased to present Mia: A Dancer’s Journey in participation with San Francisco Public Library’s celebration of Women’s History Month. This moving documentary will be presented at three of the library’s branches on three different dates.

Mia: A Dancer’s Journey

(USA, 2014) 57:13
Director: Maria Ramas & Kate Johnson

Saturday, March 2 | 1:00 pm

San Francisco Public Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California 94102
Free and open to the public | More Info

Saturday, March 9 | 3:00 pm

SFPL Golden Gate Valley Branch
Golden Gate Valley Meeting Room
1801 Green Street, San Francisco, California 94123
Free and open to the public | More Info

Wednesday, March 27 | 6:30 pm

SFPL Glen Park Branch
Glen Park Meeting Room
2825 Diamond Street, San Francisco, California 94131
Free and open to the public | More Info


One of the most celebrated ballerinas of the first half of the 20th century, Mia Slavenska was one of a small group of famous émigré dancers who changed the face of American dance by introducing Americans to ballet as an art form. Acknowledged as the most beautiful and versatile of all her contemporaries and as the greatest technician of her era, Slavenska was one of the few ballerinas of her time to form her own companies and commission original ballets.

In the 1930s–1950s, everyone who loved dance knew the name Mia Slavenska. A half-century later, when she died in 2002, Slavenska believed that she had been completely forgotten. As her daughter, Maria, retraces her mother’s life journey, she unearths the fascinating story of a maverick ballerina and a lost time of dance.


Additional Credits

Producer, Writer, Director Maria Ramas | Producer, Director, Camera, Editor, Motion Graphics and Animation Kate Johnson | Slavenska’s Voice Blythe Danner | Producer Brenda Brkusic | Associate Producer Douglas Turnbaugh | Producer Ted Sprague | Associate Producer Bridget Murnane | Director of Photography, Creative Consultant Michael Masucci | Composer David Raiklen | Assistant Director, Story Consultant Michelle R. Anderson | Tihomir Stivicic Producer, Croatian National Television | Historical Consultant Lynn Garafola, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Malcolm McCormick, Maja Ðurinovic

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Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library