“Everyone can have freedom. It just depends on whether you want to be free or not.” Stoan Galela, The Mover.
Alatha’s father says he’s more than a dancer – he’s a Mover. Using African electronic “Gqom” dance, The Mover is helping kids in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa, to transcend the grips of poverty and abuse and find their superpowers. The Mover is also one of the few single fathers in the township. And while he has helped many kids find freedom, he still has difficulty getting his own daughter, Alatha, to break open and find her own powers. But in a tender moment together, this is all about to change.
My Father The Mover invites you on an exploration of Gqom dance and movement to ignite your own sense of freedom while introducing you to the crucial work of Stoan Move Galela and his United Township Dancers.
Writer/Director/Producer: Julia Jansch
Featuring: Stoan MOVE Galela and Alatha Galela
DP: Ross Hillier
Editor: Tricia Holmes
Music and Sound: Pressure Cooker Studios
Color: Tom Poole
Producers: Julia Jansch, Mandilakhe Yengo