Three Worlds, One Stage

When the ancient Indian beats of Odissi combine with the rhythms of the West African Djembe and the vibrant Spanish Flamenco, a new kind of sound is born.

"Three Worlds, One Stage" demonstrates the positive power of multiculturalism through the lens of dance and music. It is a story of immigration, determination and hope - an American narrative at its core.

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  • Jessica McGaugh
    Director
    Red Pearl, The Golden Hour
  • Roma Sur
    Director
    The Golden Hour
  • Jesica McGaugh
    Producer
    Red Pearl, The Golden Hour
  • Roma Sur
    Producer
    The Golden Hour
  • Fara Tolno
    Key Cast
  • Swagata Banerjee
    Key Cast
  • Maria Vazquez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Dance, immigration, migration, europe, asia, africa, flamenco, odissi, drums, music, women filmmaker, female filmmaker
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    India, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Global Indian Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    January 10, 2019
    Best Documentary
  • Jaipur International Film Festival
    Jaipur
    India
  • Breckenridge Film Festival
    Breckenridge
    United States
    September 21, 2019
    Official Selection
  • New Delhi Film Festival
    New Delhi
    India
  • Utah Dance Film Festival
    Orem
    United States
    February 22, 2019
    Utah Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Peace International Film Festival
    Erbil
    Iraq
    May 12, 2019
    Iraq Premiere
    Official Selection
  • FAD Festival: Film Art Dance on Screen
    Cary, NC
    United States
    May 16, 2019
    North Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Colorado Dragon Film Festival
    Denver
    United States
    March 1, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Global Peace Film Festival

    United States
    September 22, 2019
    Official selection
  • Colorado Independent Women of Film
    Denver
    United States
    May 11, 2019
    Official selection
Director Biography - Jessica McGaugh, Roma Sur

Jessica McGaugh is an award-winning independent film director, cinematographer and editor working out of Denver, Colorado. Her work has been screened internationally including the Mumbai International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, NDTV and Rocky Mountain PBS. Jessica received an MFA in Film from Syracuse University and is currently teaching in the Film & Television Program at the University of Colorado Denver.

Roma Sur is a filmmaker and faculty member at the Film and Television program at the University of Colorado, Denver. She came to the US in 2000 and received her Master’s degree in Film and Video Production, with a focus on Screenwriting, at the University of Denver. She received the Harold Mendelsohn Graduate student award in 2003. Her short documentary, Storytelling Today received the Boulder Community award. Her feature documentary, "The Golden Hour" won the Best Documentary Award at the Indian Film Festival of Houston, 2013, and was broadcast nationally on NDTV, India in 2015. She recently completed co-editing her feature documentary titled Changing Tides about a paraplegic swimmer reclaiming his life. Her current project "Three Worlds, One Stage" is slated for release in 2019. She recently completed her feature screenplay titled "The Rock Within" which has been receiving strong reviews at contests.

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Director Statement

This film began when we were creating a video to showcase Oddissi dancer Swagata Banerjee’s dance school, Moksha. We were inspired by what Swagata was doing in her community- bringing ancient dance into the modern age. We decided to find and follow two other artists who were performing similar ancient art forms and weaving into the fabric of Colorado community. At a time when our socio-political climate was dense with anti-immigrant sentiments, and bogged down by the horrific tension of gun violence, we agreed that this story would be a beacon of hope and positivity.

Swagata Banerjee came to the US in 2000. She brought an art-form from 2000 year-old Indian temples to the highways of Denver, Colorado. We started our search for artists of a similar profile.

We found singers from Yugoslavia, dancers from Japan, musicians from the Balkans. All of them were practicing the arts from their homelands and sharing them here, creating what we believe is the true American experience. Finally, our search landed us on Master drummer and dancer Fara Tolno from Guinea and Flamenco dancer, Maria Vazquez from Seville, Spain.

Fara Tolno had the right dynamism and personal charm for camera. He did his MFA at CU Boulder in dance and went on to become a global performer, spreading his culture.

Maria Vazquez started at a time when hardly anyone in Denver had any appreciation for flamenco. She went door to door and finally started her dance school called ‘Flamenco Denver’ at an obscure neighborhood in Colfax. Today, she teaches more than fifty students who are of mixed ethnicity and age.

The film builds up to the climactic act where these three artists meet for one afternoon and rehearse for a live fusion show to be held the following day. They find that while there is very little in common between their art forms, the sentiments are universal. In the final act, three cultures fuse on the same platform to a live audience, and create a whole new sound. The stage then becomes a metaphor of the melting pot that defines America.

As an immigrant and an Indian classical dancer, Producer/Director Roma Sur finds the story to resonate with her own experience of coming to the United States and making a life as a filmmaker. Producer/Director Jessica McGaugh has immersed herself in a body of cross-cultural work, including her feature documentary The Golden Hour. Our relationship as a cross-cultural filmmaking team adds to the overall narrative of this film, because our work is also part of the melting pot of America.

Our overall vision is to present to a global audience a sound that is ancient, yet represents this new world that we inhabit, as global citizens. It is an exciting time to be alive and to create cinema that speaks a universal language through dance, drums and music.