Kim Saarinen, Body Language Zone (still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist

Kim Saarinen, Body Language Zone (still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist


We Belong

A selection of short films reveal the soft power of dance to spark joy and dismantle dominant narratives.

We Belong presents a selection of international short dance films that revel in the joy, eccentricity, and variety of human connection. Organized with a sensitivity to accessibility and inclusivity, this cross-genre lineup features Bharatanatyam, hip hop, and contemporary dance. Subjects range from Black trans femme love to the Chinese diaspora to the irreverence of office furniture—each offering a refreshing alternative to dominant narratives. 

The act of connecting was vastly redefined during the pandemic as we withdrew from public spaces and into distant and virtual ones. This program marks the significance of gathering together once again and highlights the integral role that the arts play in society, culture, and politics. 

This program, which includes a live performance and a conversation with select filmmakers and choreographers in attendance, is curated by Kat Gorospe Cole and Eric Garcia, founders of the Tiny Dance Film Festival, a San Francisco-based festival that prioritizes films that embrace brevity, embody the concept of dance with the camera, and amplify marginalized voices. 


Katherine Helen Fisher
Revel in Your Body, 2019

Kim Saarinen
Body Language Zone, 2017

Jan Vesala
Bang, 2018

Nitya Narasimhan
Khrisna Nee Begane, 2018

Jenny Stulberg
hold ( S T I L L ), 2016

Jody Stillwater
The Wind Telephone, 2016

Melissa Lewis
花和霧 flowers and fog, 2021

Shanel Edwards
This is For Us, 2019

Christopher Martin, Larkin Poynton
Kota – I’m Gonna Be, 2019


Tiny Dance Film Festival is a film festival based in San Francisco that features short dance films from across the globe. Founded in 2013, TDFF prioritizes films that upset the trend, stretch into new territory, challenge dominant narratives, and embrace brevity.

The Roxie Theater, a San Francisco landmark in the Mission District that reopens in May 2021, brings people together to meet and connect through distinctive cinematic experiences. Guided by the passionate belief that engaging with a movie doesn’t end with the credits, the Roxie invites filmmakers, curators, entertainers and educators to interact with our audiences. The Roxie provides inspiration and opportunity for the next generation and serves as a forum for the independent film community reflecting the spirit of the diverse Bay Area population.

We Belong is a co-production of the Tiny Dance Film Festival and McEvoy Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Next to You.