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USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Next Gen)

Director: Bess Kargman


“Touching, enormously satisfying … poised for breakout success.” - Variety

A ruthlessly competitive search for perfection, the Youth America Grand Prix is the world's largest and most prestigious student ballet competition, awarding young dancers scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. Open to dancers aged nine to 19, it provides the backdrop for the acclaimed documentary First Position.

Following the heartbreaks and triumphs of six talented young dancers of different nationalities, former ballerina and first-time director Bess Kargman delivers a moving, honest and inspiring film that celebrates an extraordinary art form to which so many children are determined to dedicate their lives, despite money, politics and even war.

Winner of the 2011 DOCNYC Audience Award and San Francisco Documentary Festival Jury Prize, First Position is a charming, feel-good debut.

Rated G (No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to the screenings unless in the company of a parent or adult guardian.)

D/P Bess Kargman Dist Hopscotch L English, French, Spanish, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011

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