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Freedom is like flying; you can go in any direction, look around and decide where you want to land. Freedom gives people a choice and brings self-satisfaction and happiness. Are people happy in the countries where their freedom is limited?

Cuba is one of the few smaller territories that resist the influence of the United States. Poverty-stricken, it is very difficult for Cubans to earn a living. Boxers and Ballerinas depicts the lives of four young athletes-a young boxer and a young dancer in Havana, Cuba and a boxer and dancer living in Miami, Florida-each trying to achieve his/her goals in life.

Mike Cahill and Brit Marling's incredible story of these young professionals vividly demonstrates the controversy of human emotions when people are forced to make a choice of leaving their country for greater possibilities or staying and succeeding in the more difficult conditions in which they live. It is a story of what freedom means for a person in any country and evaluates the human right to have a nationality.

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Downright remarkable. --Newsweek, Current Magazine

A prodigiously gathered and precisely orchestrated symphony of sights and sounds from both sides of the Florida Straits, Boxers and Ballerinas weaves controversial political theory, traumatic historical signposts, and urgent human drama into a stylish and provocative whole. --The Washington Post

Confident feature debut! --Variety

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  • Actors: Annia Ismarlin Recio-Oquendo, Yordenis Ugas, Paula Roque, Sergio Garcia
  • Directors: Mike Cahill, Brit Marling
  • Producers: Charles Johnstone, Herman Valerius
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Cinequest
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001808CT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Travis Jones on August 2, 2008
I had the good fortune fortune of attending an early screening of Boxers & Ballerinas at the Director's Guild of America in which the filmmakers were present. So often documentaries are able to stumble upon intriguing situations yet lack a visual level of expression worthy of intrigue. This is NOT one of those films.
As important a story being told, here is one filmmaker's extraordinarily creative vision for all of us to either sit back and enjoy or sit closer and try to figure out how he did it! As gifted a storyteller as Cahill "appears" to be, what's most apparent is the lack of calling attention to itself (regarding the visual effects) and instead they are only used as necessary parts to a greater whole. And for me, that whole was to better understand the lives of others' in which I'd never contemplated before, and I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity.
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This movie opened my eyes to social and political issues right in our own backyard. The directors tell an important, unbiased story that you won't here about in U.S. public schools. Its worth seeing with friends so you can talk about it later. The stories in this movie are real snapshots of people's lives and it really keeps you wanting more........like taking one bite of a piece of rich chocolate cake.
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The is a penetrating look at how Cuban Communism has withdrawn all freedoms and downgraded every facet of life in Cuba. For most non Cubans in the USA, this will reveal what is often ignored in the USA, namely, just how sinister Communism really is.
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