Dedans – bound to dance






In the Beninese society, professional dancers are regarded as outlaws. For Franklin, dancing is an ongoing battle to prove himself to his father, who was also a dancer. For Sophiatou, who is illiterate, it is the best way to express herself. The price they pay for following their dreams is an ongoing struggle against prejudices.


Written and directed by Anne van Campenhout and Elsbeth Fraanje. Camera by Elsbeth Fraanje. Edited by Anne van Campenhout. Broadcasted by TV5 Monde.


Dedans – bound to dance won Best Documentary Award on InShadow Festival in Portugal 2011.

The film Dedans, besides the rhythm and the quality, shows us what is beyond dance: the dancer’s struggle against discrimination and the role that is given to dance in the promotion of the emancipation of women.” – Jury verdict InShadow Festival

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