Disney Is Making A Documentary About Anthony Madu, A Nigerian Ballet Dancer

A feature documentary on Anthony Madu, a young Nigerian child who gained recognition after a video of him performing ballet barefoot on a street outside of Lagos, was unveiled by Disney Original Documentary as its upcoming project.

Madu, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated Matt Ogens and Kachi Benson, is the culmination of an extraordinary series of events that started in 2020 when Anthony’s ballet teacher shared a video of him executing exquisite leaps and pirouettes in an unexpected location for 44 seconds.

Only 11 years old at the time, Madu. The tiny video captured people’s attention all across the world and helped Madu get a scholarship to the 100-year-old Elmhurst Ballet School in the United Kingdom. The film’s debut trailer will be shown to fans at Disney’s enormous D23 expo in Anaheim, California, where young Madu will be making an appearance. Madu, a Hunting Lane Films film, will, according to the business, first have a limited theatrical run.

“Having grown up in an isolated community outside of Lagos and with almost no formal training, audiences will get a close look at Anthony’s journey after being awarded a scholarship to Elmhurst Ballet School, one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the United Kingdom,” stated Disney Original Documentary in a release.

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