BOXERS AND BALLERINAS
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling / Nick Shumaker,
David Brown (Cuba/USA) 90'
Boxers and Ballerinas is a film about four young people forever united
by their cultural heritage and forever divided by ninety miles of
water and over forty-five years of political conflict. The documentary
traces the lives of a boxer and a ballerina in Miami, Florida, and
a boxer and a ballerina in Havana, Cuba: their triumphs and failures,
their power and powerlessness, and the singular intensity and violence
of being young. Boxers and Ballerinas cuts through the romantic mystery
of Cuba, the neon stereotype of Miami, and the political noise of
US-Cuba relations to the sweat, sex, grace and aggression of winning
the fight, nailing the pirouette, and chasing the dream until the
body gives in. It is a film about young people by young people.
Director Mike Cahill was a former staff editor, cinematographer and
field producer for National Geographic TV and Film in Washington D.C.
Co-Director Britt Marling dropped out of Georgetown University to
make Boxers and Ballerinas. She returned to university to graduate
number one in her class. Producer Nick Shumaker has worked with Emmy
and Peabody Award winning producer, Mike Cerre and Globe TV, a Production
company in California.
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