Dancing Across Borders
Dancing Across Borders (2010)

On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a sixteen-year-old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing natural charm and grace as a dancer. A longtime devotee of the world of dance,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Less than an hour and a half long, it seems to take forever to end.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

There are times when the subject of a documentary transcends merely adequate filmmaking, and that is very much the case with Dancing Across Borders...

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

This is a film that ought to be watched by all youngsters hoping for a career in dance.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The rehearsal footage of Sy is repetitive, but the peculiar dynamic between sponsor and protégé is fascinating.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Sometimes with documentaries, the best intentions have a way of making decent people look bad. Dancing Across Borders is a dismaying case in point.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Have you ever listened to someone delightedly telling you a story and not realizing how badly he comes off in his own tale? That's the queasy sensation I got from the documentary Dancing Across Borders.

Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post

Do-gooder vanity projects don't come more self-aggrandizing than this.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

In carefully edited clips from his Cambodian years (brief mention is made of Pol Pot's devastating influence), as well as later performances in the United States, Bass demonstrates his stunning leaps and graceful partnering.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Dance fanatics will appreciate the story, as will fans of cross-culturalism in the arts. Let's leave all mention of exploitation of the exotic for another time and place.

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