104 minutes, Color
Based on his autobiography, Yuli portrays Carlos Acosta's life of resistance and affirmation as a rising arc with jagged edges, full of explosive emotions, love/hate relationships, and, underscoring it all, lush music and elegant, physical dance. In his peak years, Acosta was called the greatest ballet dancer in the world. This charismatic black Cuban was a principal dancer with ballet companies in Havana, London, New York, and Houston. He has since become a choreographer, founded a dance company in Cuba, and been appointed director of the Birmingham, England, ballet. Acosta grew up in an impoverished area near Havana, where his father Pedro taught him to be proud of his slave ancestors. The relentless Pedro pushed Carlos into ballet, which he resisted mightily. He wanted to breakdance and moonwalk and play soccer. Fortunately, ballet school teachers saw in the raw kid a generational talent. —Miguel Pendás
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
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