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Uploaded on Oct 12, 2009
It Makes a Village: Folkdancing in America by Amy C. Mills (20 minutes)
It Makes a Village looks at the North American phenomenon of recreational folk dance groups through the eyes of five dancers ranging in ages from 20-50.
Recreational international folk dancing in the United States has been a countrywide hobby, occasional craze, and subculture since the early 20th century. While they draw on dances and music from a variety of countries and immigrant populations, international folk dancers themselves are often not descended from these same populations. As such, they have consciously created new communities with membership dependent on personal interest and participation. As non-American traditions are practiced by Americans in a new context, a new folklore is being forged.
This was my first documentary film. It was shot primarily in 8mm with the camera's internal microphone, hence the lower quality sound and image. Nevertheless, the ideas stand the test of time.