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Looking at the Stars

Olhando pras Estrelas

Documentary Competition


(2016, 90 min.)

Directed by: Alexandre Peralta
Screenwriter: Alexandre Peralta, Melissa Rebelo Kerezsi
Producers: Alejandro Ernesto Martinez B., Alexandre Peralta, Melissa Rebelo Kerezsi, Corina Maritescu, Chao Tao, Thais Peralta
Cinematographer: Guan Xi, Alexandro Ernesto Martinez B.
Editor: Alexandre Peralta
Music: Alexis & Sam
Cast: Geyza Pereira, Thalia Macedo, Fernanda Bianchini Saad, Sandra Macedo, Cesar Albuquerque

To dedicate one's life to the art of ballet requires patience and resolve, sacrifice and strength. This is especially true for the ballerinas at the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind in São Paulo, Brazil—the world’s only ballet school for the visually impaired. Newly engaged, the school’s prima ballerina Geyza must reconcile her commitments to her young family with her aspirations as a dancer and instructor. Thalia, one of Geyza’s students, is ostracized at her middle school and still learning to navigate the world without the benefit of sight. Despite all obstacles, the two are intent on continuing their journey of self-discovery through ballet.

First-time documentarian Alexandre Peralta brings to the screen a profoundly moving story of grace and determination that is not to be missed.
–Cristhian Barron and Cooper Hopkins

Hosted by UCLA Latin American Institute

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