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How to Dance in Ohio


YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 88 min

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

Making friends, working with others, and generally having a meaningful social life can be hard for anyone. For the half a million young people on the autism spectrum who will be entering the adult world over the next 10 years, these everyday challenges are sources of intense anxiety and fear.

In Columbus, Ohio, a group of autistic teenagers and young adults role-play this transition by going through the deceptively complex social interactions of preparing for a spring formal. Focusing on several young women as they go through an iconic American rite of passage, we are given intimate access to people who are often unable to share their experiences with others. With humor and heartbreak, How to Dance in Ohio shows the daily courage of people facing their fears and opening themselves to the pain, worry, and joy of the social world. —S.S.

EMAIL info@gidalyapictures.com

COMPANY Gidalya Pictures


Executive Producer
Assistant Editor

Artist Bio

Alexandra Shiva is a documentary director and producer. Her award-winning first film Bombay Eunuch (2001) features a makeshift family of eunuchs as they struggle to survive in modern India. Stagedoor (2006) follows five kids through a musical theatre summer camp program in the Catskills. How to Dance in Ohio is her third feature documentary.