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Brazilian documentary dreams the impossible dream

Posted on: October 23, 2010

Times are tough these days, but in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, called favelas, life has never been easy.  Irlan and his friend Isabella, however, have their eyes on a prize.  The teenagers want to become professional ballet dancers. 

The Murphy Public Library is showing Film Movement’s touching documentary, “Only When I Dance,” this Thursday at 6 p.m.  In Portuguese with subtitles in English, the film runs 78 minutes.



British filmmaker, Beadie Finzi, does not speak Portuguese, but she does love a good story.  She went to Brazil to make a film about dance, and met up with Irlan and Isabella.  She notes in an interview for Film Movement, “The key to most good documentaries is capturing a moment of change or transition.  This story had some fantastic ingredients; two kids on the cusp of adulthood, trying to realize an impossible dream, where the difference between success and failure would mean everything.”


And Finzi goes on to note that the more she examined the story before her, “the more the universal themes shone through, themes of race and class and the sheer determination, and love of family.”


Don’t miss this one.  Our license with Film Movement allows us to show the film in public once and add it to the library’s collection.  Call 837-2417 for details.

1 Response to "Brazilian documentary dreams the impossible dream"

Sounds like a wonderful movie. Can’t wait to see it!


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