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12 January 2021

Leading Role

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Be A Man” - 2 mins 31s

As the past four years of hyper-masculine cult activity and its violent culmination at America's Capitol Building have shown, the last thing society needs is another generation of men forced to adopt the mantle of 'traditional masculinity' and all its flaws. This intriguing film from Gillian Zinser interrogates that notion further, as it focuses on Cuban ballet dancer Andy Sousa and his story.

Sousa makes for an arresting subject, as he discusses his struggle to align his artistic and career-driven pursuits with the hard-and-fast role set out for men in his native country. The contrast between his musings and delicate yet powerful shots of him dancing immerse the viewer in his emotional world: standing with one foot each side of an invisible barrier to wholeness.

Film Production: Lief Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Gillian Zinser ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Executive Producer: Margo Mars
Cinematographer: Matthew Chuang
Colourist: Kath Raisch
Sound Designer: Greg Debicki

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