WEBSITE:  secundariathefilm.com

CONTACT INFO:  secundariathefilm@gmail.com 

SPECS: 1 hour 36 minutes/HDCam/16x9/Stereo Mix/In English/Not Rated

LOGLINE

Secundaria quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba’s world famous National Ballet School. Our teenage dancers love to dance but many of them must dance as the sole way out of poverty and the constraints - visible, and not so visible - that is life in Cuba now.

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SYNOPSIS

Secundaria  quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba’s world famous National Ballet School.  Our teenage dancers love to dance but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty and the constraints – visible, and not so visible – that is life in Cuba.

At least, that’s how the movie beginsIn their third year, shy and inscrutable Mayara, the class star, takes charge of her destiny by committing  an unprecedented act of willfulness. 

Cinematic storytelling without a script, staging, or interviews, our gentle stream of a story turns out to have a waterfall hidden around that last bend…

TEAM

 Mary Jane (Director, Co-Producer, Camera, Editor)

Doherty has been an Associate Professor of Film at Boston University since 1990. Proud of her lineage as a student of iconic documentarian Ricky Leacock, she developed B.U.’s Narrative Documentary Program: a novel approach to non-fiction storytelling using the building blocks of fiction film.

Mary Jane has freelanced for Blackside Productions, Harvard Foundation, Northern Light Productions and Vida Health Communications with national and international film credits as director, editor, cinematographer and sound designer in more than thirty film productions.  With SECUNDARIA, Mary Jane moves into the spotlight as a filmmaker in her own right.

Lyda Kuth  (Co-Producer)

Lyda is founding board member and executive director of the LEF Foundation, which supports independent filmmakers through the LEF Moving Image Fund. In 2005, she established Nadita Productions and was producer/director on her first feature documentary, “Love and Other Anxieties.” Mary Jane Doherty brought her talents as cinematographer to that film, which premiered at the Camden International Film Festival in October 2011.