Dance or Die

Roozbeh Kaboly / Documentary, Documentary / 2018, 2018 / 42' & 54'
Emmy Awards, 2019 - Emmy Award Arts Programming
Tanzrauschen Festival Wuppertal, 2019 - Social Movers Award
Rose d’Or, 2019 - Nomination Golden Rose Award
NFF, 2018 - Nomination Gouden Kalf
Banff World Media Festival, 2019 - Nomination Rockie Awards
Emmy Awards, 2019 - Emmy Award Arts Programming
Tanzrauschen Festival Wuppertal, 2019 - Social Movers Award
Rose d’Or, 2019 - Nomination Golden Rose Award
NFF, 2018 - Nomination Gouden Kalf
Banff World Media Festival, 2019 - Nomination Rockie Awards

Dance or Die is Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh’s (27) life philosophy. It’s tattooed in his neck. Dance is Ahmad’s life, but it’s become impossible for him to practice dance in his war-torn city of birth Damascus. He seized the opportunity to flee Syria. He’s been living in the Netherlands for 18 months and he dances in productions by the National Ballet, among others.

His story has been captured by media worldwide and he performs nationally and internationally, with stars like Sting and dancer Roberto Bolle. Yet he struggles with his new life. He misses his family, still living in Syria. And there’s a lot of pressure to make it here. What is the price Ahmad pays for his newly acquired freedom? Director Roozbeh Kaboly filmed Ahmad for the Dutch tv programme ‘Nieuwsuur’ in 2016 and has followed him closely ever since. With Dance or Die he made a probing documentary about resilience and the yearning for autonomy.

An ‘Uur van de Wolf’-documentary by Roozbeh Kaboly

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Partners

Broadcaster
NTR
Financed by
Dutch Cultural Media Fund

Credits

Director
Roozbeh Kaboly

Festivals

Emmy Awards, 2019
Epos Art Film Festival, 2021
Tanzrauschen Festival Wuppertal, 2019
Nederlands Film Festival, 2018
Cinedans, 2018

Awards / Nominations

Emmy Awards, 2019 - Emmy Award Arts Programming
Tanzrauschen Festival Wuppertal, 2019 - Social Movers Award
Rose d’Or, 2019 - Nomination Golden Rose Award
NFF, 2018 - Nomination Gouden Kalf
Banff World Media Festival, 2019 - Nomination Rockie Awards

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