Only When I Dance

Directed by Beadie Finzi
Beadie Finzi
Film Movement
78 Minutes
Brazil, United Kingdom
Portuguese, English
Documentary, Coming of Age, Latin American, Black Cinema
Not Rated
Screening Formats:
HDCAM, Digibeta, DVD
Sound: Stereo 2.0
Theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Festival and non-theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Materials and print traffic
Erin Farrell


This feel-good documentary follows Irlan and Isabela, two teenagers from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. This inspiring story takes us from Rio - where their communities must raise the funds to support their ambitions - to exhilarating ballet competitions in New York and Switzerland. It's a film about their determination to dance, and the price one must pay for talent, ambition and success.