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Year: 2009
UK: Revolver Entertainment
Cast: Irlan Santos da Silva, Maria Da Penha Santos Da Silva, Irenildo Da Silva, Isabela Coracy Alves Nascimento Santos, Silvana Deuzarina Alves Santos, Teotonio Da Cruz Santos Filho, Moises Abrao Alves Nascimento Santos, Lucia Amelia Nascimento Brito, Mariza Estrella
Director: Beadie Finzi
Countries: Brazil / UK
Language: Portuguese (English subtitles)
UK: 78 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains one use of mild language
UK Release Date: 4 December 2009 (Limited Release)


ONLY WHEN I DANCE is a classic narrative documentary following two young teenagers, Isabela and Irlan as they strive to realise an extraordinary dream. One girl, one boy; both black and poor, and living in one of the most violent favelas on the outskirts of Rio. Irlan and Isabela both want to dance - to dance ballet and their ambition is to leave Brazil to join one of the great companies in the North. For them, dance is the way out, an escape, and on stage, an ecstasy, that is rarely found in their day-to-day lives. The question is, can they make it? Only When I Dance follows these two gifted teenagers during the year that will make or break all their future dreams.

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