Under African Skies
Spring 2008 DVD
2008 Parents’ Choice Gold Winner
Ages: 5 & Up
Producer: Twilight Productions
A master storyteller and performer, Antonio Rocha returned from a life-changing trip to Africa with a unique souvenir of sorts. This DVD is a compilation of four stories, inspired by Rocha’s trip to the content to celebrate his 40th birthday. All have a wonderful message and are brilliantly performed with minimalist backgrounds and props. Rocha’s inventive and imaginative style allows him to engage audiences of all ages, but seems to resonate particularly well with kids. The physical comedy, with its exaggerated movements and facial muggings, is very similar to the antics of comedy shows like Whose Line is it Anyway, but the messages about getting along and appreciating one another are quite poignant. Bonus features include a personal story about overcoming fears, an additional performance, and detailed tips on learning to mime.
Laura Fries ©2008 Parents’ Choice