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Crossing Culture | 2019 SF Dance Film Festival

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248 Utah Street

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Crossing Culture

Crossing Culture, screens dance films that examine the concept of dance as a means for personal expression and cultural defiance in an increasingly authoritarian world. The international lineup features films from Iran, Greece, Congo, Singapore, Japan and more.


The Dérive

Director: Tanin Torabi
Choreographer: Tanin Torabi
(Iran/Ireland, 2017) 7:39 minutes

A dancer moves among the people in an old bazaar in Tehran capturing the responses and reactions. Dance is prohibited in Iran.


Water

Director: Fabrice Pinto
Choreographer: Marco Da Silva Ferreira
(Portugal, 2018) 3:13 minutes

Through his shapeless body in motion, Marco Da Silva Ferreira choreographs Ivan Chtcheglov’s enigmatic doubts.

Hearing a sweet, warm voice, we listen to the human sound, the beat of the outside from within, the premises of Chtcheglov’s universe.


Imagined Escape

Director: Lauren Bedal
Choreographer: Lauren Bedal
(United States, 2019) 5:12 minutes

Coping with a troubled relationship with his brother, a lonely boy finds himself in an imagined world where he experiences love, connection and new found strength.


Ina (Light)

Director: Aneil Karia
Choreographer: Alesandra Seutin
(United Kingdom, 2018) 3:36 minutes

Director Aneil Karia and choreographer Alesandra Seutin’s film INA (LIGHT) sees two dancers struggle through the fear-drenched darkness of oppression and fear to arrive in the lightness of freedom.


Andreas

Director: Vasilis Arvanitakis
Choreographer: Vasilis Arvanitakis
(Greece, 2018) 5:38 minutes

The struggle of a father who works as a tiler. He is fighting to overcome his life difficulties in order to protect the most precious thing to him, his family. A biographical video about a man that puts aside himself but in order for him to do so first he has to surpass his own self.


Memory of Forgiveness

Director: Saki Matsumoto
Choreographer: Airi Suzuki
(Japan, 2019) 8:19 minutes

“Memory Of Forgiveness” is a dance film, inspired by a book “50 Years of Silence” written by a Dutch lady, Jan Ruff-O’Herne, who was forced to be working as a sex slave by the Japanese army in the Dutch East Indies (the Republic of Indonesia) during WWII. Based on her decision, which is “I forgive the Japanese Army” in her book, the film questions and challenges how we forgive someone or ourselves in our daily lives.


T.I.A (This is Africa)

Director: Matthieu Maunier-Rossi
Choreographer: Aïpeur Foundou
(France/Congo, 2016) 7:19 minutes

Formed, filmed and recorded in 48 hours in Brazzaville (Congo), T.I.A. (THIS is Africa) features choreographer and dancer Aïpeur Foundou who blends contemporary dances with traditional Congolese movements. With an original poem written by Ronan Chéneau, storyteller Ella Ganga.


A Dance for Ren Hang

Director: Lei Yuan Bin
Choreographer: Sara Tan
(Singapore, 2018) 9:25 minutes

Three dancers reenact the best photographs of brilliant Chinese photographer Ren Hang, who was well known for his shocking photographs bordering on taboo. Ren Hang killed himself in 2017, at just 29 years of age. This film is an homage to his photographs, which are true representations of his fight with depression.


Hands On

Director(s): Marites Carino
(Canada, 2019) 15:00

Hands On captures candid, real-time “blind hand dates” between two strangers who get to know each other solely through blind touch. Through this intimate act, the project takes society’s accepted form of first contact between strangers, the handshake, and twists it into a tactile choreography.

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