Award of Merit – “Dancing Manilenyos” (Canada)

Title: Dancing Manilenyos
Runtime: 20 min
Country: Canada
Director: Patrick Alcedo
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March 31, 2019

Synopsis: In Manila, a group of young Filipinos dream of making it big in the ballet world. Victor, who comes from a poor family, and Monica from a privileged background are among them. In this city that is one of the world’s most populated, the difference between those who have and those who have not is painfully extreme. Amidst Manila’s disparate social class, ballet teacher Luther hopes to lift his students out of poverty through artistic and life skills one learns from dancing.