Only When I Dance

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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.


​AFI/Silver Doc Film Festival 2009
Sao Paulo Inter Film Festival 2009
Warsaw Inter Film Festival 2009
Branchage Inter Film Festival 2009
Sevilla Inter Film Festival 2009
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival 2009
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2009
Dominican Republic Global Film Festival 2009
Aluta Film Festival, South Africa 2009
SOAPIFF International Film Festival, USA 2009
Jacksonville Film Festival, USA 2009
BUFF Festival, Sweden 2010
Doc NZ Festival 2010
Calgary Film Festival, Canada 2010
Palm Spring Film Festival, USA 2010
BigSky Doc Festival, USA 2010
SEE Film Festival, UK 2010
Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico 2010
BAFICI Film Festival, Argentina 2010
Belo Horizonte Global Film Festival, Brazil 2010
Amnesty International Kampala 2010
Trinidad EU Film Festival 2010
CineDans Festival, Netherlands 2010
Discovering Latin America Film Festival, UK 2010
La Habana International Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema 2010



Beadie Finzi

Produced by

Giorgia Lo Savio
Nikki Parrott

Writing Credits

John Doe

Casting by

John Doe

Film Editing

John Doe
Robert Clue
Ted Latos


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