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Ballet and Bullets: Dancing Out of the Favela

Young ballerinas from a violent favela in Rio de Janeiro use dance to strive for a brighter future

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Overview

Genre
Culture, Arts, Human Interest, Current Affairs, and Social Issues
Synopsis

“Na Ponta dos Pés” (On Tiptoe) is a ballet project in the Alemão favela complex in Rio de Janeiro, created by Tuany Nascimento—a 24-year-old dancer who teaches in the Morro do Adeus neighborhood, which is at the center of a roiling feud between rival drug cartels. Intensifying violence in the area heightens Tuany’s motivation to build a community center which will give her girls a safe space to dance and study. Tuany knows they can’t all become pro ballerinas, but the discipline they learn transcends the act of dancing and equips them to escape a life of hardship. This film is about the power of culture to instill hope, and how art can transform reality—even in the most marginalized places.

Stage
finished
Running time
17 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
Brazil
Years of Production
2015-2018

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Broadcast (Prod.)
VICE
Broadcast (Acq.)
VICE
Language
Portuguese
Subtitles
English

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