Mao's Last Dancer is touching

Immigration and art share a difficult truth.

Li Chixin (Chi Cao) is plucked at age 11 from his rural Chinese village and sent to Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy, eventually winning a scholarship to train at the Huston Ballet Company. Invigorated by the plentiful freedoms of America, Li decides to stay and has his Chinese citizenship revoked as a result, separating him from his family for a number of years. Last Dancer is a touching story of artistic and political redemption, but is also an interesting meditation on the guilt of leaving others behind. Immigration and art share a difficult truth: if you can move on and move upwards, sometimes loved ones can't make the journey with you. –Hillary Titley

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