Aaron Abelto was initially on board to film social media video dancing videos for Dr. Niraj Mehta.
After observing the oncologist, Abelto saw something remarkable. His cancer patients were living happy lives during Mehta’s dancing sessions despite a disease that causes grief and depression in most patients. Similar to Dr. Patch Adams, who used laughter to treat the sick, Mehta discovered a new way to help his patients through music and dancing.
Abelto recorded Mehta’s dancing sessions into a documentary called The Power of Movement.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Power of Movement is a documentary that follows radiation oncologist (and choreographer) Dr. Niraj Mehta on his mission to increase cancer awareness and treatment. The film brings viewers along on Dr. Mehta’s journey as he embarks on healing cancer through movement. Dr. Mehta started Making Moves Universal a couple of years ago to help promote his message to the world. Dr. Mehta’s movement programs have helped in the healing process with his past and present patients, and these programs he’s designed to have helped cancer patients deal with the disease, including the mental and physical aftermath of the treatment. The Power of Movement is a full-length feature documentary encompassing the Bollywood musical background and the teachings of East Indian culture with western fusion in order to bring cancer awareness.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Aaron Abelto for the documentary The Power of Movement. We talked about Dr. Mehta’s methods and techniques—particularly on why it worked. Also, we mentioned going into the personal life of Dr. Mehta to observe his dancing prowess originations.
The film marked Aaron Abelto’s documentary feature directorial debut. Prior to this doc, he made his narrative feature film directorial debut I Before Thee, a story about a man coping with his only child diagnosed with leukemia. Abelto directed a mini docuseries with Watch the Thrown and several short films.
The Power of Movement is available on all digital platforms today.
Watch the exclusive interview with Aaron Abelto below. Let us know what you think.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Freestyle Digital Media