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Documentary Film Screening

An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Cinema Collective   

The Reality Check film series promotes and encourages documentary filmmakers in India, whose work reflects life and culture in the country today in a provocative blend of creativity and integrity.  


Call Me Dancer
English & Hindi Film (84 mins)

 Manish is an athletic street dancer from Mumbai, whose working-class parents depend on their only son’s support. When he accidentally walks into an inner-city dance school and encounters a curmudgeonly 70-year-old Israeli ballet master, a hunger develops within him. Ambitious and passionate, Manish is determined to make it as a professional dancer, but the odds are stacked against him. 

Call Me Dancer will take you on a magical journey—from the streets of Mumbai to the stages of New York. A story of perseverance, rebellion, passion, family, culture and an unlikely friendship filmed in India, Israel, the UK and the US, and featuring music from legendary singer/songwriter Jay Sean and hip-hop artiste/rapper Anik Khan, with a sublime score by Nainita Desai and Nina Humphreys. 

Call Me Dancer will make you want to jump up from your seat and, yes, dance! 

Produced & directed by Leslie Shampaine
Co-Director: Pip Gilmour 

Winner of several festival awards which include Best of Fest, Documentary at the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Festival; Directing Award at the 2023 South Asian Film Festival of Cincinnati; Excellence in Documentary Directing Award at the 2023 New York Indian Film Festival 2023; etc. 


The film screening will be followed by a discussion.   

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA Members will get preferential seating till 6.20 pm. 

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