Director Alexandre Peralta, producer and cinematographer Alejandro Ernesto Martinez joined Fernanda Bianchini and Geyza Pereira of the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Company for the Blind to discuss their film 'Looking at the Stars' at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind in São Paulo is the sole ballet school in the world for the visually impaired. The film tells the story of two youngsters in the program: Geyza, who lost her vision at the age of nine but continues to pursue her dream to become a ballerina, and Thalia, her teenage protegée, who has multiple aspirations and a feisty personality. Both are without a trace of self-pity. For each, ballet is an important creative outlet and a means of becoming a more powerful self. Watching them confront their daily challenges proves to be a deeply emotional experience.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.
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