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Boxers and Ballerinas (2004)

Shot in three countries over a two year period, Boxers and Ballerinas explores the US-Cuba conflict through the eyes of four youths--a boxer and a ballerina in Havana and Santiago de Cuba and a boxer and a ballerina exiled in Miami.
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Boxers and Ballerinas is about four young people forever united by their cultural heritage, and forever divided by 90 miles of water and over 40 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. Characters Yordenis Ugas: 17, 2003 World champion Junior Boxer 57kg, Cuba Yordenis fought his way out of the heavily impoverished, predominantly black district of Santiago de Cuba to earn a spot in Cuba's elite athletics school in Havana. The top boxer of their ... Written by Rolling Shin

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A great story of life in different worlds
13 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great documentary about the live of four people two in the U.S. and two in Cuba and how they combine with each other. The movie really shows the struggle for Cubans to strive in their dreams and in order to be the best at it. I had a chance to see this movie at The Florida Film Festival and i had a chance to meet the directors. As they explained it was only the two of them who worked on this film and nobody else.They shot it with a regular DV Camera at you cant even tell that it is DV. Its a wonderful film which should get more noticed and appraised. In order to really understand the film you need to know about the struggle and the events that happened there with the revolution. It really made you think in what kind of world you live in that even some countries today cant achieve what they want.


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