Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance

United States | 2020 | 94 min • Documentary Feature
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Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:94
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Khadifa Wong
Producer(s):Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Screenwriter:Zak Nemorin


Jazz in movement and music can be beautiful, puzzling, avant garde, authentic and theatrical. It is forever evolving. 'Uprooted' is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance — with a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers. The film is a ground-breaking look at the roots of jazz dance in Africa and following the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre. Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, "Uprooted" is an honest conversation about jazz dance addressing topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism, and sexism. This is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression, and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down! Special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz. "Uprooted" also showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pespsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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