Shake the Dust

Director Adam Sjöberg records breakdancers in Yemen, Uganda, Colombia, and Cambodia, zipping around the globe too frequently to meaningfully explore the lives of the kids doing all those windmills and head spins. About a third of the movie is over before he gets past the dancing footage and vague references to social turmoil in each country, though the dancers he interviews compensate for the jarring shifts in location and the general lack of narrative flow. Participants from Colombia and Cambodia are the most forthcoming, with stories of drug abuse and growing up in broken homes, but their lives take a backseat to Sjöberg’s staged shots of sick moves atop dusty mountaintops and in overcrowded streets. In English and subtitled Spanish, Khmer, Luganda, and Arabic.