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By following the career of two dancers of the National Cuban Ballet, Amanda, young ballerina and Viengsay Valdez, star dancer, Horizons revisits the extraordinary destiny of Alicia Alonso, ... See full summary »

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Eileen Hofer

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Eileen Hofer
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By following the career of two dancers of the National Cuban Ballet, Amanda, young ballerina and Viengsay Valdez, star dancer, Horizons revisits the extraordinary destiny of Alicia Alonso, prima ballerina assoluta, with a steel temperament who is now in the twilight of her life.

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Switzerland | Cuba

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Spanish

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12 November 2016 (Japan) See more »

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A Unique Portrait of Dance
17 October 2015 | by swifttwainSee all my reviews

It opens with light and shadow...

then develops into personal portraits which deepen as we go back and forth between our 3 protagonists, each scene complementing the next.

We re-discover the forgotten tale of the blind Prima ballerina of Cuba, a woman who returned to Cuba at the request of Fidel Castro to launch a school which has produced world-class dancers who perform around the world.

What is impressed me most was the editing, using archives and recent footage to tell the tale. The cameraman, Gregory Bindscheller, captures the intensity of these dancers, the rigour of the school, and their professors.

The director, Eileen Hofer, ably uses these elements to tell a tale of time, of prowess, and leave the viewer with more questions than answers - and the desire to learn more.

For those who love dance, great camera work, and nuanced narrative, don't miss this film.


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