And though they have the talent, they don't look like all the others. Ballet has long been the rarified and elitist domain of the white upper class, but these two black high schoolers from Rio de Janeiro's working-class favelas are determined to succeed in this physically and emotionally demanding discipline. Director Beadie Finzi's inspiring documentary trails the dancers and their tough-love mentor from Brazil to New York on one critical, competition-fueled year in their lives.
The film's page doesn't give the last names of the two featured dancers, Isabela and Irlan, but Irlan Silva is a member of ABT II, which is credited as co-presenter of the film.
The film has been shown twice already. Has anyone seen it? A friend who attended a press screening called it "beautiful," and noted that "cynical reporters burst into applause."