Nigerian teenager Anthony Madu first went viral in 2020 for a video of himself dancing in the rain. Now, a new Disney+ documentary will tell the story of her ballet training since then.
In the film’s trailer, released on Wednesday, Madu leaves his home in Lagos to study at the Elmhurst Ballet School in England. “It’s my dream and I have to make it come true,” he says.
According to the film’s description, “Dear follows 12-year-old Anthony Madu as he leaves his family and community in Nigeria to study at one of the world’s most prestigious ballet schools in England. Having never left his home outside of Lagos, Anthony finds himself thrust into a new world where his wildest dreams are suddenly within his reach.
Directed by Academy Award winners Matt Ogens and Joel ‘Kachi Benson, the documentary will premiere on opening night of the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 7 and then stream on Disney+ on March 29.
“His courageous journey is a story of extraordinary obstacles as he searches for belonging and acceptance, distant family, and unexpected challenges that could impact his future,” the description continues. “Forming a rich and immersive tapestry told across multiple continents, Dear introduces the world to a boy pursuing an inspirational dream that will resonate with us all.
After Madu’s first post went viral in 2020, several stars drew attention to the young dancer. Viola Davis reposted the video on his own page, writing at the time that the clip “reminds me of the beauty of my people. We create, soar, can imagine, unleash passion and love…. despite the brutal obstacles that stood before us! Our people can fly!!!”
Watch the official trailer for Dear below.