Documentary, 83 mins, Mary Jane Doherty, USA/Cuba, 2016
Co-presented by the Boston Dance Alliance
Daniela, Arlette and Alex, age nine, are just beginning their training in Cuba’s world famous ballet program. They’re young, they’re Cuban, they’re dancers. But this is where their similarities end. Through cinematic tableaux interwoven with intensely private moments at home and school, “Primaria” traces each child’s blossoming life over four years of grueling training until all three emerge as teenagers, poised to confront their futures.
Q&A with director Mary Jane Doherty