Dancing Across Borders (2010)

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On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a sixteen-year-old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing natural charm and grace as a dancer. A longtime devotee of the world of dance, Bass felt compelled to give this young boy the opportunity to leave his home and follow a dream that he could not yet have fully imagined. From the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of New York's School of American Ballet to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle "Dancing Across Borders" chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of a boy who was discovered, and who only much later discovered all that he had in himself.
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Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Dancing Across Borders

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Less than an hour and a half long, it seems to take forever to end.

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The rehearsal footage of Sy is repetitive, but the peculiar dynamic between sponsor and protégé is fascinating.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Do-gooder vanity projects don't come more self-aggrandizing than this.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
Washington Post
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There are times when the subject of a documentary transcends merely adequate filmmaking, and that is very much the case with Dancing Across Borders...

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sometimes with documentaries, the best intentions have a way of making decent people look bad. Dancing Across Borders is a dismaying case in point.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Boston Globe
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In carefully edited clips from his Cambodian years (brief mention is made of Pol Pot's devastating influence), as well as later performances in the United States, Bass demonstrates his stunning leaps and graceful partnering.

April 8, 2010
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Dancing Across Borders

When one is present at an amazing miracle of serendipity between three souls the last place it's expected to happen is a documentary movie. However those three people, Anne, Olga and Sy, with a group of talented and patient friends and colleges, created this miracle, overflown by almost motherly love, tangible efforts and great vision. To watch a sincere and sacrificial process of creating from diamond in the raw a shining and elegant ballet star is a magic and uplifting expirience! Please, accept our deep appreciation for the fantastic hour in our lifes! Some previous reviews, in my humble opinion, are mainly When one is present at an amazing miracle of serendipity between three souls the last place it's expected to happen is a documentary movie. However those three people, Anne, Olga and Sy, with a group of talented and patient friends and colleges, created this miracle, overflown by almost motherly love, tangible efforts and great vision. To watch a sincere and sacrificial process of creating from diamond in the raw a shining and elegant ballet star is a magic and uplifting expirience! Please, accept our deep appreciation for the fantastic hour in our lifes! Some previous reviews, in my humble opinion, are mainly concerned with technicalities and becoming soulless! Yakov T.

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The viewer is given two main themes: 1. the complex cultural transition from life in a Cambodian village to New York City as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy. 2. the talent, dedication, hard work and years of training that are required to become a classical ballet soloist in an internationally recognized company. For those who love ballet, DAB provides fresh and vibrant footage of a young soloist in training across a ten year period. If ballet is not your thing, it does still provide a great context in which to show that hard work and focus are required to achieve the highest level of excellence. The film also looks incredible. It has an uncharacteristically finished and delicate varnish that only the most expensive summer hits can sometimes provide. Well paced, carefully scored and richly toned, it is unexpectedly beautiful to look at. The quality of the footage is uneven. Home movies have been adapted into the film. In exchange, there is no feeling of self-consciousness that would have otherwise been unavoidable if the young dancer's every move was chronicled from the day he arrived in NY.

Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards

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