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A documentary about dance and perseverance

In the midst of a global pandemic, a South African dance teacher has to keep her business afloat, and is forced to reinvent her traditional training methods.

Born from a deep need to instil hope in her students during the bleakest of times, Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic is a documentary short film which encapsulates the journey of Michelle Pieterse and her dance studio, the Michelle Leibrandt School of Dance, during the turbulent 2020. The documentary tells the story of how an artform such as dancing created an escape for young South African dancers.

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic was filmed in September 2020 and is produced, written and directed by acclaimed screenwriter/producer Ferdinand W Gernandt, with Michelle Pieterse as executive producer. The director of photography is Gavin Pincus, edited by Andries de Jager of Post Modern, with music arrangements by Marlee and Frans van der Merwe.

‘I wanted to produce a project that inspires and facilitates positive change,’ says Gernandt. ‘I wanted to create a supportive environment where the crew and students could be part of a legacy – a message of hope, a motivational beacon of faith. This is what Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic is all about.’

Ferdinand W Gernandt, screenwriter/producer

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic releases to the general public worldwide for free a online screening on Friday, 26 February at 20:00 and will continue to be available for streaming online for a limited viewing period until Monday, 1 March.
     In order to view the film, pre-register online at via ‘On Demand’.

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