Director: Bruce Beresford
Writer: Jan Sardi, Cunxin Li
Stars: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Christopher Kirby, Suzie Steen
A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.