ballerina

Black Ballerina

 

Sixty years ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Delores Brown, Joan Myers Brown and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in segregated mid-century America. In 2015, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas, and find that many of the same obstacles their predecessors faced are still evident in the ballet world today. Through interviews with current and former ballet dancers along with engaging archival photos and film, the one-hour documentary uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers on a subject that reaches far outside the art world and compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
A Ballerina’s Tale

 

Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. The film is an intimate look at this groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life.

 

Mia, A Dancer’s Journey


One of the most celebrated ballerinas of the 20th century, Mia Slavenska was Croatia’s greatest dancer and a pioneer in American ballet. A daughter’s promise to tell her mother’s story serves as the starting point for this documentary, which becomes a fascinating and moving reflection on historical memory, national identity and the power of dance. The film traces Mia’s journey from tumultuous prewar Europe through her emergence as a glamorous ballerina of the Ballets Russes and a star attraction on stages across America, culminating with her return to her homeland.