Moving Stories
http://www.movingstoriesfilm.com/
A film by Rob Fruchtman, Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten and Wendy Sax
US, 2018, 83 min., In English, Hindi, Romanian, and Korean with English subtitles

Six dancers from New York’s Battery Dance Company travel across the world teaching some of the most vulnerable youth about expressing themselves through movement and creativity. Addressing issues from gender violence and poverty to persecution and prejudice, these students respond in extraordinary ways as they prepare to perform in their communities after only a week of practice.



UPCOMING SCREENINGS 

Huntington, NY
September 24, 2018
Cinema Arts Center

Ashland, OR
October 5-12, 2018
Varsity World Film Week

Easton, MD
October 13, 2018
Chesapeake Film Festival

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Six dancers from New York’s Battery Dance Company travel across the world teaching some of the most vulnerable youth about expressing themselves through movement and creativity. Addressing issues from gender violence and poverty to persecution and prejudice, these students respond in extraordinary ways as they prepare to perform in their communities after only a week of practice.

LONG SYNOPSIS

Six diverse dancers from the acclaimed Battery Dance company travel the world to work with young people who have experienced war, poverty, prejudice, sexual exploitation, and severe trauma as refugees, teaching them the tools of choreography so that they can tell their stories through dance.

The film follows them to India, where they work with girls rescued from sex trafficking and gender violence; to Romania, with Roma (gypsy) kids from one of Europe's worst slums; to South Korea, with young North Koreans who risked their lives to escape; and to Iraq, where they work with a gifted young Muslim dancer, fighting to survive.

Incredibly, they have just one week to teach the tools of choreography and collaboration to kids who may be enemies, who may have been abused, who may be suspicious and fearful, so that they can create dances to perform for their communities.

As they struggle to break through, the dancer-teachers confront their own frustrations. Yet their students respond in extraordinary ways - and as they prepare to perform in public in what seems an impossibly short time, both students and teachers experience surprising transformations, unlocking feelings and stories in wellsprings of creativity.

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"A brilliant new documentary."
Psychology Today

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Global Search for Education

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