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Boxers and Ballerinas (2004)

Shot in three countries over a two year period, Boxers and Ballerinas explores the US-Cuba conflict through the eyes of four youths--a boxer and a ballerina in Havana and Santiago de Cuba and a boxer and a ballerina exiled in Miami.
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Boxers and Ballerinas is about four young people forever united by their cultural heritage, and forever divided by 90 miles of water and over 40 years of political conflict. The documentary traces the lives of a boxer and a ballerina in Miami, Florida, and a boxer and a ballerina in Havana, Cuba: their triumphs and failures, their power and powerlessness, and the singular intensity and violence of being young. Boxers and Ballerinas cuts through the romantic mystery of Cuba, the neon stereotype of Miami, and the political noise of US-Cuba relations to the sweat, sex, grace and aggression of winning the fight, nailing the pirouette, and chasing the dream until the body gives in. It is a film about young people by young people. Characters Yordenis Ugas: 17, 2003 World champion Junior Boxer 57kg, Cuba Yordenis fought his way out of the heavily impoverished, predominantly black district of Santiago de Cuba to earn a spot in Cuba's elite athletics school in Havana. The top boxer of their ... Written by Rolling Shin

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Two Cubans. Two Cuban-Americans. One shot each.

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Panama | USA

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English | Spanish

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March 2005 (USA) See more »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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More style than substance
22 August 2008 | by OldBoyDCSee all my reviews

While I applaud the young filmmakers for the quality of the production (the time lapse shots, slick editing, etc.) - I do find that this is what detracts the most from the film. There is far too much focus on getting a cool angle, or yet another cool time lapse shot. The "voyeuristic" angles that are often employed in the film actually obscure important images - at one point a character's face is blocked by random objects in the room as she talks. If you are going to rely on visual style to carry a film, at least make good, meaningful choices with the shots.

I wished the film had spent more quality time with the characters. The film does not really present much reason for the audience to invest and care about the characters, other than just presenting the fact that they are struggling dancers and boxers in Cuba. This is certainly an interesting idea, but ultimately does not present enough conflict or meat for a feature length film.


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