Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Director Alan Govenar presents this documentary profile of Sidiki Conde, a West African-born dancer who was stricken with polio at 14, and who built his upper-body strength in order to participate in a traditional coming-of-age ceremony. Years later, after moving to Conakry, Guinea, Conde and his friends formed a disabled artists' collective that toured the country. That preceded a stint with the famed Merveilles D'Afrique dance troupe beginning in 1987, and in the years that followed he would collaborate with such respected musicians as Youssou N'Dour and Baaba Maal. It was in 1998, however, that Conde gained worldwide recognition by moving to the U.S. and founding the Tokounou All-Abilities Dance and Music Ensemble, an organization which had him mentoring disabled artists from all walks of life. In this film, we see not only how Conde has transformed the lives of disabled artists throughout New York City, but also how he navigates the vast urban jungle daily with poise and confidence.
big-city, dancer, disability, polio