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Maiko: Dancing Child
directed by Ase Svenheim Drivenes
Maiko Nishino, whose first name can be translated as “dancing child,” was destined to be a dancer. As this 2015 documentary recounts, Nishino’s mother sold the family’s house and car in order to send the 14-year-old to the most prestigious dance academies in Europe. Now Maiko is at the pinnacle of her career as a prima ballerina for the Norwegian National Ballet. But at age 32 she is no longer a young dancer, and talented newcomers long for her position. Despite this precarious state of affairs, Maiko decides to start a family. Available on iTunes and DVD.