Helmed by the director of Driving Miss Daisy, 1989’s Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, the film tells the autobiographical tale of Li Cunxin, who was lifted from abject poverty in Qingdao, China, to study ballet under draconian supervision in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy and serve in Chairman Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.  As an adult Li is granted a short-term scholarship to visit America and dance in the Houston Ballet, and faces difficult choices in the face of a world full of newfound freedoms and opportunities.