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Manish Chauhan, a talented, self-taught acrobatic street dancer from Mumbai, hungers for a career as a professional dancer– but with a scarcity of paying opportunities, the odds are stacked against him. While his parents expect him to study for an MBA in pursuit of an office job, Manish seeks out lessons, in secret, at DanceWorx Performing Arts Academy, where he finds a lifelong mentor in ballet master Yehuda Maor. Recognizing his students’ potential, Yehuda encourages a rivalry between Manish and 13 year-old ballet prodigy Amiruddin Shah, pushing both performers to new heights. But while Amir is fast-tracked to the Royal Ballet School in London, Manish– with the disadvantage of a later start to ballet– is advised to try his hand, instead, at mastering a whole new style of dance at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. A tale of artistic passion and raw determination, Call Me Dancer traces Manish’s hopes and setbacks as he pursues his ambitions to dance on the world stage– attaining unexpected fame in Bollywood, along the way.


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In English, Hebrew, Hindi with English subtitles

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84 min
Art, Music & Photography Documentary Women Directors

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Executive Producer

Jay Sean, John Patrick King, Jitin Hingorani, Esther van Messel, Diana Holtzberg


Leslie Shampaine, Priya Ramasubban, Cynthia Kane


Jennifer Beman, Pip Gilmour, Leslie Shampaine


Neil Barrett, Abhijit Datta


Jennifer Beman

Original Music

Nainita Desai, Abhijit Datta


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Leslie Shampaine

Leslie has been telling stories throughout her professional life. From the ballet stage where she performed throughout the world during a 13-year career, to the television screen where she has produced award-winning programs for PBS, Discovery Channel, A&E, CBS, and Al Jazeera. Her work ranges from documentaries to cultural and educational programming and includes 8 years as part of the production team for the Emmy award-winning Kennedy Center Honors where she worked on over 30 biographical films of the Honorees. Selected credits include the PBS programs One World: India, Avoiding Armageddon, and Closer To Truth; Who Betrayed Anne Frank (Discovery Channel) – winner of a Telly, a Cine Golden Eagle, and a Gold Remi at the Houston WorldFest; DC Cupcakes (TLC); Smithsonian Networks series’ Seriously Amazing Objects; and Fireworks, with George Plimpton (A&E), which was nominated for an Emmy and an ACE.

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Pip Gilmour

Pip Gilmour is a seasoned director, producer, and writer with the experience to generate powerful documentaries that entertain, engage, and stimulate discussion, producing long and short form documentaries for broadcast and non broadcast for over 25 years. Gilmour has traveled the world working with scientists, engineers, anthropologists, indigenous tribes, community activists, farmers, and multiple historians on stories ranging from spies that gave away the nuclear bomb to medicinal plants of the Indonesian rainforest. Beyond her documentary work, Pip has been involved with television dramas for Fox, ABC, CBS, as well as narrative features and shorts. Pip is a member of the Producers Guild of America.


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