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  • Summary: Dancing Across Borders is the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, who as a young man in Cambodia was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform. Bass was so taken with Sy's talent and potential that she arranged for him to come to New York and audition for the prestigious School of the American Ballet. (First Run Features)

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  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    75
    Even filmgoers who aren't into dance will find this story captivating because, as much as anything, Sokvannara wants to please his audience, whether in the concert hall or the movie theater. The kid is a natural.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Schied
    60
    Dancing lacks probing interviews to highlight the tremendous cultural change, but Sy remains an engaging focus point and there are numerous performance sequences that ably demonstrate his growing accomplishments.
  3. An illuminating profile but a sloppy snapshot of the immigrant experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    50
    We get white folks ruminating lyrically on the peasant Asian's role as a kind of grand jeté bridge between East and West, and long performance sequences that are dazzling to behold but quite troubling to contemplate.
  5. 50
    Well-meant though it may be, the movie has an advertorial gloss.
  6. Would have benefited from the kind of objectivity that Bass -- as Sar's well-heeled sponsor -- was hardly in a position to deliver.
  7. Informative and flavorful, though lacking in surprise.

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