Count It All directed by Alexia Acebo (5 min.) / Moving Stories is a film by Rob Fruchtman, Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten and Wendy Sax. (85 min.)
Count It All showcases the authentic stories of real people going from despair and darkness into a joyous place by means of relationships built and communing with similar people. The film is evidence that we can truly count it all joy.
Six dancers from an acclaimed NY company travel the world, working with youth who’ve experienced war, poverty, sexual exploitation, extreme prejudice and severe trauma as refugees. In India, they work with girls rescued from gender violence; in Romania, with Roma kids from one of Europe's worst slums; in South Korea, with North Korean escapees; and in Iraq, a gifted young dancer fighting to survive. Incredibly, they have just one week to take kids who may be enemies, who may have been abused, who may be suspicious and fearful, to the point where they not only express themselves through dance, but choreograph pieces that they perform onstage. But as they prepare to perform in public in what seems like an impossibly short time, all experience surprising transformations, unlocking feelings and stories in wellsprings of creativity.
Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.