DANCING ACROSS BORDERS Add To My Top 10
Great Expectations Fulfilled
Release Date: May 26, 2010
Audience: All ages
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: First Run Features
Director: Anne Bass
Executive Producer: Anne Bass
Producer: Catherine Tatge
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Growing up in rural Cambodia, Sy was like most boys who had a passion for dancing. In the streets and at dance school, the children learned the art of “fishing dance,” a much different dance than that of Western schooling.
However, when Anne Bass comes to the country and finds that this one young boy possesses the finesse, the dance skills and necessary limbs to become a gifted ballet performer, she speaks with his parents about a proposal to bring him back to the States with her and fine tune him to Western dance theory. Despite being close with his family and friends, Sy is faced with a decision to leave his desolate, although familiar, surroundings for an unknown land of opportunity; and, he takes it.
On coming to America, the documentary tracks his progress in detail year by year. First at the School of American Ballet in New York, where he begins the steady process of learning ballet, for the first time, at almost 17-years-old, which in of itself is a near impossible feat. From the perfection of his practice, Sy moves to a Northwestern Pacific troop to begin performing as a professional dancer.
From worldwide competitions, to bringing back some of the gracious hospitality he has seen from Ms. Bass, Sy becomes an international sensation, a fabulous ballet dancer, and, above all, a morally upstanding gentleman. DANCING WITH BORDERS is family friendly. The beginning of the movie, however, does have brief references to the pagan superstition of dancing with gratitude for one’s ancestors.
Despite its low budget, DANCING ACROSS BORDERS is elegantly made. The dancing scenes flow together like silent poetry. The movie has a strong moral, pro-capitalist worldview; it portrays the positive benefits of capitalizing on every chance one gets. As Sy dances across borders, he helps transcend language barriers, bridging the gap between East and West. DANCING ACROSS BORDERS is family friendly. There are, however, some brief references in the beginning to pagan superstitions of dancing with gratitude for one’s ancestors. For reviews of other movies and DVDs, please visit our website, movieguide.org.