1 Hr. 51 Min.

Screening format: DCP
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Sponsored by: Lacey Sadoff Foundation


Yuli has no interest in ballet but his father and teachers see the extraordinary talent he possesses. Rising to international fame, he must leave Cuba, his family, culture and identity behind. Inspired by the true story of Afro-Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta and featuring stunning choreography, this deeply felt drama explores cultural intersections and the power of dance and artistry.


"Crafted with passion, integrity and determination, much like Acosta himself."
- Little White Lies
"The genius in the film is in how each section feeds each other, and indeed needs each other (the dance comments on the drama, and vice versa), and produces a wholly original and deeply affecting movie."
- Times (UK)
"Superstar Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta takes us through his life in unusual style in a mix of drama and dance, fiction and reality."
- Time Out

Community Partners: MPS Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement, Milwaukee Ballet, UWM - Department of Dance


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Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and cultures and communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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