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GJFF SummerFest

The Greenville Jewish Film Festival bringing Call Me Dancer to SC

Event Types: Dance , Film

Aug 25, 2024 4:00 PMAug 25, 2024 7:00 PM

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The Greenville Jewish Film Festival’s SummerFest 2024 promises a captivating blend of cultures with the spotlight on a Mumbai street dancer’s journey under the guidance of an Israeli ballet master.

Call Me Dancer is a 2023 documentary by director and producer Leslie Shampaine. It is a story of perseverance, passion, culture and an unlikely friendship. The documentary follows Manish Chauhan, a street dancer from Mumbai, whose working-class parents depend on their only son's financial support.

When he accidentally walks into an inner-city dance school and encounters the brilliant but curmudgeonly 70-year-old Israeli ballet master Yehuda Maor, a hunger develops within him. The ambitious Manish becomes determined to make it as a professional dancer, but the odds are stacked against him. Together, Manish and Yehuda transform each other's lives, searching to uncover who and what they are. Yehuda seeks purpose and a place to call home. Manish dreams of dancing on the world stage but struggles to break free from the confines of his economic and social circumstances.

SummerFest will be held Sunday, August 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gunter Theatre, 300 S. Main Street, Greenville. Tickets can be purchased through the Peace Center website at Adult tickets are $50 and students are $25, and go on sale in late July. Tickets include: a dance workshop with Manish, the film screening, a guest appearance by Manish, and Indian Street Food from Saffron Indian Cuisine.

In addition to the screening, the festival is offering a Master Dance Workshop with Manish at the Gunter Theatre on Sunday, August 25 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. with the ticket purchase. This one-of-a-kind advanced beginner masterclass features athletic contemporary dance movement fused with a Bollywood flair.

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