Tonight, help the San Francisco Dance Film Festival earn a little money by seeing a film that event organizers describe as "an intimate look at the political and social challenges in the lives of three talented [dancers] poised to move up onto the world stage."
In Mary Jane Doherty's documentary Secundaria, audience members follow a high-school class from Cuba’s world-famous National Ballet School, which has, according to former dancer Carla Escoda "cultivated some of the world's most exciting ballet dancers, known for their prowess in spinning, their miraculous balances and, above all, their attack, their passion on stage."
And they're not the only ones with passion! In an interview from 2013, Doherty says that she knew little about ballet when she decided to make the film, and just "wandered around Havana until I found someone who was connected to the ballet program, and then I went into the director’s office and asked if I could film. I told her how the story of ballet couldn’t be transformed into words, it has to be visual. And she said, 'Of course, how else would you make a movie about dance?'"
Following the movie, you'll be treated to a post-screening Q&A with Doherty and three Cuban principal dancers of San Francisco Ballet: Lorena Feijóo, Taras Domitro and Joan Boada.
What: San Francisco Dance Film Festival's fundraiser screening of Secundaria
When: 7 PM
Where: Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street
Cost: $15 (includes film and Q&A) $75 (includes post-screening reception), buy online here.