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Cuban Dancer

Cuban Dancer

Roberto Salinas

Italy, Canada, Chile | 2020 | Genre: Documentary | second feature film | running time: 94’

TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2019 (€ 40.000)
consultancy with TFL experts Benjamin Cölle and Riema Reybrouck - Berlin, February 2020

The TFL Funds are supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

festivals & awards

Alice nella Città, Rome Film Festival 2020


Alexis is a 15-year-old talented student of the National Ballet School of Cuba. He spends his life practicing with his girlfriend and dance partner Yelenia. When his parents move to Florida to be reunited with his sister, Alexis’ happy teenage world is turned upside down. He is forced to leave behind Cuba, his school, his relatives and his beloved girlfriend.

Facing rejection and homesick, Alexis feels lost and alone. When he gets accepted in the prestigious HARID Ballet School he has to start all over. He does not speak the language, has no friends and his Cuban style of ballet does not match the American school method. Meanwhile his parents are making sacrifices for his career. Alexis knows that he has to find his way quickly in the world of American ballet while trying to remain faithful to his roots.


Cuban Dancer
original title

Cuban Dancer




Italy, Canada, Chile

running time


produced by

Indyca – Italy

in co-production with

Filmoption International – Canada
Valdivia Films – Chile

directed by

Roberto Salinas

written by

Roberto Salinas, Laura Domingo Agüero


Deckert Distribution

Filmoption International

A passionate coming of age ballet tale, danced between Cuba and the United States, in a time of change.
TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2019

Roberto Salinas

Film Director