You Don't Need Feet To Dance (2013)
Alan Govenar's intimate new documentary reveals the extraordinary life of African immigrant Sidiki Conde, a man overcoming his disability one day at a time in New York City. Sidiki was born in 1961, in Guinea, West Africa. At age fourteen, polio left him almost completely paralyzed. Sent to live with his grandfather in a village deep in the forest, Sidiki learned to manage his disability, building his upper-body strength so that he could walk on his hands. When faced with the dilemma of dancing in a coming of age ceremony, he reconstructed the traditional steps by dancing on his hands instead of his feet. In time Sidiki ran away to Conakry, Guineaâ€™s capital city, where he and his friends organized an orchestra of artists with disabilities recruited from the cityâ€™s streets. read more They toured the country, striving to change the perception of the disabled. In 1987, he became a member of the renowned dance company Merveilles D'Afrique, founded by Mohamed Komoko Sano. Sidiki became a soloist and served as rehearsal master, composing and directing the companyâ€™s repertoire. He also worked as a musician and arranger with Youssou Nâ€™Dour, Salifa Keita, Baba Maal and other popular musicians.