Film
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

BOBBI JENE

Directed by Elvira Lind
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 96 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BOBBI JENE
American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith has spent 10 years as the star of famous Israeli dance company Batsheva. She finally makes the difficult and life-altering decision to uproot her life and career to move back to the US. Bobbi first came to Israel at a young age. She’s spent the past decade under the tutelage of renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, who radically shaped her personal life and professional work. The life-changing decision to leave is made all the more difficult considering her budding relationship with fellow dancer, Or Schraiber.

Instead of allowing it to weigh her down, Bobbi uses the long separation from her home country as strength and as inspiration, allowing her to see her surroundings through a fresh lens. Back in San Francisco, she goes out on a limb and starts work on a solo choreography, channeling her experience into her work, and premieres a groundbreaking new piece.

With a fly-on-the-wall approach, director Elvira Lind makes the viewer feel a part of Bobbi’s process as she hones and perfects her movements. This footage intermingles with the intimate portrayal of Bobbi and Or’s long-distance relationship. Bobbi’s natural grace and humility infuses every scene, making the film a mesmerizing and eye-opening experience.

—Jule Rozite
Drama, Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Elvira Lind graduated from City Varsity in Cape Town in 2006, majoring in documentary film. She has worked within that field since directing and shooting documentaries of various lengths for TV, cinema and web on 4 different continents. Lind’s first feature documentary, Songs for Alexis, screened at IDFA in 2014. She received the CPH:DOX New Talent Award in 2015, and her first international documentary TV series Twiz and Tuck is launched on Viceland this year.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2017
  • Length:
    96 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Screenwriter:
    Elvira Lind, Adam Nielsen
  • Director:
    Elvira Lind
  • Producer:
    Julie Leerskov, Sara Stockmann
  • Cinematographer:
    Elvira Lind
  • Cast:
    Bobbi Jene Smith, Or Schraiber
  • Editor:
    Adam Nielsen

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