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After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S. to create her own boundary breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await her, Elvira Lind’s film lovingly and intimately documents the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. BOBBI JENE delves into what it takes for a woman to gain her own independence in the extremely competitive world of dance and to find self-fulfillment in the process.
The first time we see dancer Bobbi Jene Smith in director Elvira Lind’s remarkable documentary she’s naked, practicing her intense, contorted choreography while ignoring the camera that’s observing her. It’s an apt metaphor for Bobbi Jene’s startlingly intimate candour as it traces Smith cutting ...