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Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro, who considers him the son of Ogun, an African god and a fighter. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished Havana. His father, however, has other ideas, and knowing that his son has a natural talent for dance, sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. Despite his repeated escapes and initial poor behaviour, the boy is inevitably drawn to the world of dance, and begins to shape his legendary career from a young age, becoming the first black dancer to be cast in some of the most prestigious ballet roles, with the Houston Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London.
Q&A with dancers Mireille Hassenboehler and Lauren Anderson following screening.

Co-presented by the Houston Ballet
The mission of the Houston Ballet is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs.

Country, Year Spain, 2018
DirectorIcíar Bollaín
WriterPaul Laverty
CastCarlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez
ProducerAndrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Juan Gordon
LanguageEnglish, English Subtitles, Spanish
Runtime115 MINS, 0 SECS
GenreBiopic, Narrative