Director Biography – Emily Feng (CARLITOS)

Emily Feng is NYU Tisch graduate, majoring in Film and TV Production. During her time there, she’s directed multiple music videos, short narratives, and documentaries. She loves working with diverse casts and crews and telling stories that will help the world understand each other a little better.

Director Statement

As someone who gave up on ballet only a few years in, I’ve always wondered how other kids developed such love for this beautiful but difficult and often painful art form. Upon arriving in Cuba, I learned about the term “machismo” and its effects in Cuba society. I wondered, how do boys at Cuban ballet schools feel about this? After connection after connection, with the kindness of the Cuban people who wanted to help me find my answer, I found my way to Carlitos, his dance tutor, and his family. This is a quiet, introspective film about Carlitos and his perspective on his life intertwined with dance. I hope the audience can feel the subtleties of his interactions with family, his voice and his dance.

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