A BALLERINA’S TALE

Directed by NELSON GEORGE

DIRECTOR

NELSON GEORGE

COUNTRY

USA

RUNNING TIME

85 mins

YEAR

2015

LANGUAGE

English

ABOUT THE FILM

Sneak backstage into the world of Misty Copeland as she works to become a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Ballet fans will appreciate the insider view and dance footage. But the glamour and artistry come with a public face that remains almost exclusively white, and a set of bodies that are coerced to conform to a particular vision of feminine beauty. Muscular, black, working-class Misty doesn’t conform, and her struggles as she upsets stereotypes, moves up through social classes, and battles personal injury give depth to her eventual triumph. A little ballet history shows how this art started: we are challenged to consider how we can help ballet mature. 

Awards
Best Documentary 2015, African-American Film Critics Association

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