Dance of Joy

Dance of Joy tells the remarkable story of the Jaipur Foot Centre in India, which makes low-tech artificial limbs free of charge for anyone who needs one, especially poor people. We see the limbs - made from rubber and plastic and costing just $30 - being made and fitted in half a day. Some of the people we meet are young Roshni, who lives beside the railway tracks in Mumbai; brave, determined Sandhya who lost both legs in a bus accident, and ambassadors, Vinod Rawat - sportsman, mountaineer and motorbike rider - and Sudha Chandran, the famous dancer and actress. This is a story of hope and joy: the people we meet show us something about living with grace, dignity and faith.

Dance of Joy shows how simple, low-cost artificial limbs are transforming the lives of millions of amputees around the world and introduces us to some of them.

  • Christine Booth
  • Christine Booth
  • Christine Booth
  • Lawrence Moore
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    1 hour 33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • International Film Festival of Shimla
    October 4, 2019
    World Premiere
    Special Jury Award
Director Biography - Christine Booth

Christine Booth fell in love with film making as a undergraduate at Hornsey Art College in London, and went on to study it at post-graduate level at the Royal College of Art.

She directed her first 45minute documentary (shot on 16mm film) whilst still at the RCA, and, unusually for a student film, it was transmitted nationwide by ATV in the UK. For Good told the stories of three young people in England living with cerebral palsy. In their own words, without commentary, Angie, Helen and Geoff told what it’s like living with a disability in an able bodied world. When it was broadcast, this ground-breaking film, made over three decades ago, was the first time that people with disabilities had ‘spoken for themselves’ on national television.

After graduating, Christine began her working life as a film editor and, over the next fifteen years, edited numerous films on 16mm, mainly for the BBC but also for the British Film Institute and various independent companies. She also continued to write and direct, and during her 30-year career has made documentaries for NHK TV, Channel Four TV and the RNIB, among others.

Her special interest is telling stories about people overcoming disadvantages and inspiring others, and in using film to encourage understanding between people and cultures. Dance of Joy is her first feature length documentary.

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