Remember Anthony Madu, the young Leap of Dance Academy ballet dancer who captured the hearts of people around the world after a video of him dancing in the rain went viral? Yes, this fantastic talent.
In case you missed it, check this out.
Disney Original Documentary has announced the production of a documentary about Anthony Madu. “It will follow a remarkable course of events that began in 2020 when Anthony’s ballet teacher posted 44 seconds of him performing graceful pirouettes and leaps in this unexpected setting,” Deadline reports.
It’s called “Madu“, and there will be a festival before a limited theatrical release.
Just Announced: Madu – a documentary by award-winning filmmakers Matt Ogens and Kachi Benson follows the journey of a Nigerian ballet dancer, Anthony Madu, as he leaves his community in Lagos to pursue a ballet career in a new country on the other side of the world 🎥 pic.twitter.com/SC513AaVOc
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The synopsis reads;
Growing up in an isolated community outside of Lagos and with no formal training, the public will be able to observe Anthony’s journey up close after receiving a scholarship to Elmhurst Ballet School, one of the most prestigious ballet schools from the United Kingdom. Anthony comes from a community with limited opportunities, making this a unique chance to pursue his dream… By immersing audiences in the culture and fascinating surroundings of Lagos, Ogens and Benson use their unique perspectives to bring the film to life in the true spirit of Nigeria and its people. Featuring intimate truth and stunning visuals, the film will immerse audiences in the world of the characters and examine their journeys in deeply inspiring ways.
“Madu” is directed by Matt Ogens and Kachi Benson and produced by Jamie Patrick, Katie McNeilland Rachel Halilej by Hunting Lane Films. Marjon Javadi oversees the Disney Original Documentary project.
See highlights from their presentation at Disney’s D23 exhibition in Anaheim, California:
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