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‘Madu’, Documentary About The Nigerian Boy In Viral Ballet Video In The Works At Disney


Disney Original Documentary have announced that a documentary about Anthony Madu is in development.

Anthony Madu became an internet sensation in 2020 when a video of him dancing barefoot in the rain went viral. His leaps and pirouettes mesmerized viewers all over the world, so much so that he was awarded a scholarship to study in the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in the UK.

The announcement was made at the D23 Expo where other future projects were also unveiled.

“Anthony’s journey is a beautiful one, full of courage, growth and acceptance. We aim to share unique, diverse and global perspectives with audiences, full of magic and heart,” said Marjon Javadi, vice president of Disney Original Documentary.

The upcoming documentary titled ‘Madu’ captures the events that ensued after the 44-second video was uploaded.

Nigerian director Joel Kachi Benson, winner of the Venice Award in 2019 for his work in virtual reality documentary Daughters of Chibok will direct the project alongside Oscar nominee Matt Ogens.

“Our shared journey is about curiosity and creating an understanding of different cultures through our connection with each other,” Ogens and Benson said in a statement.

“Ultimately, this is a journey of discovery, growth, belonging and acceptance, a theme we both personally relate to. Making his voice heard is our ultimate drive, and we believe Anthony’s extraordinary story will make the most captivating, emotional, and riveting film either of us has told.”

The documentary will be produced by Jamie Patricof, Katie McNeill and Rachel Halilej of Hunting Lane Films with Marjon Javadi overseeing the project for Disney Original Documentary.

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