By DjKizzer/ MLeonar
The 2016 Documentary film, Beyond The Block: Untold History of Filipino Street Dance, directed by Ricardo Carranza, is a film based on his own life. Also known as 3ki Riki, the choreographer, wanted to bring a point across – that you can indeed make a living off dancing by using his own life as an example.
The film was touching, and this was only highlighted by the raw emotion seen in the dance moves that the main character does. More than this, the musical score brought more emotions to the fore. The music, paired with certain dances, brought out powerful messages that makes the viewer feel as though they can accomplish anything if they set their mind to it.
In this film, you learn to like Ricky for his passion towards dancing, and moving ‘beyond the block’ to stardom, to make a living on his passion. It is easy to like him as an individual and the way he communicates with others, making them believe in themselves. He is charismatic, charming and approachable, which is a great thing, since a lot of choreographers in the modern times come across as stand-offish with a holier-than-thou attitude.
Carranza shows that he knows living his passion is hard, and it is also hard work to get to where you want to be. The film shows his struggles to overcome the obstacles in his life, and to become a better dancer, and a better person.
Carranza has shown that he can make a living from his passion as a dancer, making this a story of triumph and shows exactly why, with his massive amount of talent, he is now a successful choreographer and an acclaimed filmmaker. The latter part of his talent repertoire is shown as he directs this film of his life.