Handling sporting ambition also plays a role in other films where the playful aspect seems less important. In Zud, for example, a nomad boy competes to support his family.
In Zud, what’s at stake is actually more than honour. The young Mongolian Sukhbat, who has riding in his blood, trains very hard for a competition because the prize money would save his family financially. At the same time, Sukhbat wants to win the attention and love of his father.
Born to Dance, meanwhile, is a very refreshing dance film by Tammy Davis from New Zealand. The film tells a Romeo and Juliet story and almost half of it is composed of beat-heavy hip-hop dance sequences, which is great fun. Exactly like our two short skateboard films Crystal Lake, where an energetic girl gang take over the skatepark, and Skatekeet from Holland in which little Keet’s classmates are unable to share her enthusiasm for this boys’ sport. And the little outsider Ninnoc, heroine of the eponymous semi-documentary short, finds a greater self-confidence through dance.
Are there other cross-references running through the programme?