“Through the Heart of Tango” is part of PBS SoCaL’s commitment to highlighting the arts and inspiring stories of the Southern California community. This film follows four special needs young men from Los Angeles, 3 with autism and one with Down syndrome, as they take a journey through dance to discover a whole new world of friendship and connection through tango. The documentary includes a compilation of interviews from the families and teachers of those involved, as well as professional tango dancers and aficionados.
“Most persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often times challenged with language and social skills making it very difficult to interact and engage with others. Tango is a dance that masters the art of non-verbal communication and partnership through music and movement. It is a language which focuses on connection and through the right approach becomes a valuable tool to reach another,” said Liza Krassner, Executive Producer of the film and Chief Administrative Officer of the Program in Public Health at UCI.
The documentary was an official selection of 6 film festivals and won “Award of Merit” at Indie Fest. The film is produced by Joey Travolta’s production company Inclusion Films with Creative Director Raymond Martino and Executive producer Liza Krassner. Inclusion Films trains individuals with developmental disabilities to ultimately acquire the creative skills and strong work ethics to become filmmakers.
For additional information, go to http://www.throughtheheartoftango.com/