Growing up in Zolani – a segregated township outside Cape Town, South Africa – Siphe is surrounded by his family’s love for dance, but his extraordinary potential becomes clear when he and his brothers start dancing with their first teacher, Fiona Sutton
When a young Siphe November leaves his small township in South Africa to follow his dreams at Canada’s National Ballet School,
he begins a remarkable journey that reveals deeply personal pulses of family, prejudice, expectation, loss, and resilience
that beat beneath the surface of a beautiful and demanding art form.
DIRECTOR: VIKRAM DASGUPTA
DURATION: 84 MIN
Born in New Delhi, India into a family of artists, musicians, dancers and scientists
and yet Vikram’s biggest influence was his grandmother and her stories. A gold
medalist in Fine Arts from Kolkata University, Vi k ram made a short
docudrama ‘InSANITY’ that got him into the Advanced Film & Television program at Sheridan, Canada.
His short narrative, the multi award winning ‘Calcutta Taxi’ (Clermont
Ferrand, Aspen Shortfest, Rhode Island Int FF) funded by Bravofact! and National Film Board of Canada, was in the races for the Academy
Awards in 2014 after winning the Oscar Qualifier at the Aspen ShortFest 2013 and was screened at over 50+ festivals worldwide. In 2017 he
worked as the Art Director on James Cameron’s documentary ‘Search for Atlantis’ produced by the National Geographic channel. Vikram is
currently working on his second documentary feature, ‘Dog-Ma’ - A deeply personal story about his own mother feeding 500+ stray dogs on the streets of Delhi.