Love this music video for rap artists, Friends with the Help. Director Nancy Lee, spent a few weeks attending ballroom dancing events around Vancouver to learn more about the ballroom culture among older dancers. She met the fabulous Melissa Wong, 80 years old, and Jeffrey Lee, in his 60s, who agreed to let her film them. As a result, she created this beautiful piece. She says it comes from a feeling that the elderly population is often misrepresented or even excluded from our popular culture and mainstream media. She wanted to challenge prejudiced perceptions of the elderly and create new narratives that speak about the elderly in a positive light. The combination of Hip Hop and ballroom dancing and the way the film is shot shows that we should collide different cultures more often. And Melissa's smile is just golddust. Inspiring stuff.
Video credits - The official music video for Love Thought.
Directed and edited by Nancy Lee, Starring Malissa Wong & Jeffrey Lee, Shot by Guy Reid, Christoph Freitas & Nancy Lee, Special thanks to Broadway Ballroom, Planetary Collective, Vania Chan, Blaire Embrey & Jon Richmond.