Uprooted - The Journey of Jazz Dance


Jazz in movement and music is ever-evolving. As jazz dance celebrates its many interpretations, it pays homage to its lineage. Its history and artistic roots in the expression of enslaved peoples strengthen the art form, turning its practice into a metaphor for resistance and a struggle for acceptance. The rapid kaleidoscope of movement and music in Uprooted speaks more clearly than any artificial narrative, setting testimonials from dedicated practitioners of jazz dance against a linear examination of American history. Awards: Best of Fest Feature, Dance on Camera Film Festival 2020, New York


Debbie Allen, Chita Rivera, Graciela Daniele, Camile A.Brown, Susan Stroman, Mandy Moore, George Faison, Jason Samuels Smith, Melanie George, Saleemah E.Knight, Moncell Durden, Joshua Bergasse, Al Blackstone, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Andy Blankenbuehler, Lynn Simonson, Martine Mattox

directed by

Khadifa Wong

director's bio

Khadifa Wong, award-winning director, trained at the iconic London Studio Centre in all aspects of dance. Khadifa realized her true passion lay behind the camera and she formed her production company to help increase diversity on both sides of the camera.


Lisa Donmall-Reeve, Kimberley Browning


95 minutes


Canada, France, UK, US


Feature Documentary


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