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A trio of first-rate films, now on DVD, from First Rate Features.

It is him, I swear!
It is him, I swear!
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Identical triplets Angel, César and Marcos, age 11, are passionate about becoming ballet dancers. They goals are To Dance Like a Man. And they all want the same thing: to be picked for a role in an important ballet in Havana, Cuba. Who will be chosen? (Think of hearing a Spanish-splashed take on "I Hope I Get It, perhaps?)
Their teachers at the world-renowned National Ballet School of Cuba say all three have the talent, potential and determination needed to become great dancers. Training at the School, where thousands compete for coveted places, is rigorous and demanding. Only the best students are selected to go on to master the robust and expressive style that distinguishes Cuban ballet.
Filmmaker Sylvie Collier was granted extraordinary access inside the ballet school and at home with the triplets. Her film offers a rare perspective on what it takes to achieve professional success in the context of Cuba’s surprising international impact in developing great dancers.
As the triplets prepare for a chance to make their debut on stage at Havana's celebrated Grand Theatre, they receive an unexpected visit from ballet superstar José Carreño. He tells them to pursue their dream just as he did as a boy growing up in Havana.

More boy stuff. Different film.
Leon is not like most 10-year-old boys. This innocent looking kid with an overly fertile imagination is a young hellion, a consummate liar and thief well-versed in breaking and entering his neighbors' homes and running away from his own. Why do he think he insists It's Not Me I Swear!?
His explosively dysfunctional family reaches new levels of lunacy when Mom decides to pack her bags to start a new life in Greece. Leon is prepared to do anything to kill the pain of it all, from destroying the neighbors' homes to even, why not, falling in love with best friend Lea. Together, they will overcome the pain of growing up when you feel abandoned.
The bad seed, so well planted and fertilized by Philippe Falardeau, the Academy Award nominated director of Monsieur Lazhar.

Maybe all four boys and me should go to Sedona. It is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. very red rock, very peaceful, very vortexy.
In The Song Within: Sedona, you will meet 16 extraordinary Sedona women whose stories teach, entertain and inspire. This gorgeous visual investigation by Sedona resident Kathy Douglas is an exploration of the basic belief that wisdom is everywhere. The film highlights 16 extraordinary Sedona women whose stories teach, entertain and inspire. Through stunning cinematography that reveals the breathtaking and mystical red rocks of Sedona, music that lifts the spirit, and monologues from women of different lifestyles, this art piece/documentary gives us an experience that inspires the humanity in us all.

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