By Kate Frank Cohen
Documentary film series Reel Docs continues its 2020 season with Moving Stories: Lives Transformed By Dance. This multiple award-winning film tells the story of six diverse dancers from New York City’s highly respected Battery Dance Company who, in the space of one week, teach the tools of choreography to at-risk young people around the world.
Moving Stories follows these inspiring dancers and teachers to four countries: India, where they work with girls rescued from sex trafficking and gender violence; Romania, where they spend time with Roma (Gypsy) children living in one of Europe’s worst slums; South Korea, where they teach children who recently escaped from North Korea; and Iraq, where they work with a gifted young Muslim dancers fighting to survive oppression.
This acclaimed film premiered at Doc Fortnight 2018, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) international festival of nonfiction film to a sold-out audience and received a standing ovation and has since been included as an “official selection” at more than a dozen 2018 and 2019 film festivals worldwide. The documentary has also received several prestigious awards, including Best Film Documentary at the 2019 Chita Rivera Awards and the Chesapeake Film Festival, the Humanitarian Award at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival, and the Award of Excellence at the Impact Docs Awards.
At a post-screening discussion producers Cornelia Ravenal and Mikael Södersten will discuss the movie and answer questions. Ravenal was a producer of NIRBHAYA, a New York Times “Critics Pick” off-Broadway play and has won five Best Awards at more than 25 film festivals. An activist for women in the industry, she is the founder of Women Independent Producers (WIP). Södersten has worked on more than 60 narrative and documentary films in the US and Sweden. As Scandinavia’s leading script doctor, he has developed Sundance and Tribeca film festival winners, including Let The Right One In and the Oscar-nominated Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Moving Stories will be shown on Tuesday, February 25, and on Wednesday, February 26 at 2pm, in la Biblioteca’s newly renovated Teatro Santa Ana.Following the screening and discussion, the audience is invited to meet the film’s producers at a reception serving margaritas and limonada. Tickets for this film and the two other remaining films in the Reel Docs 2020 season are 150 pesos including the reception and may be purchased at Santa Ana box office, Calle Reloj 50A, Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm.
Please note: Advanced-purchase ticket holders are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before the program begins to be seated. Reel Docs films often sell out and unclaimed seats will be released to standbys on a first-come, first-served basis at showtime. Also note that once the film has started latecomers cannot be seated. For more information about Reel Docs visit www.reeldocs.org and www.facebook.com/reeldocs.