Another aspect I enjoyed about the film is that even when the interviewees are being shown, their words are presented as voiceovers, the camera on their face capturing their reactions perhaps to their own words themselves or simply to their mental reflections of Pina. It seems to pay due respect to Pina's own view, that dance (and maybe by extension, facial expressions and body language) steps in when words fall short. And their expressions make clear how meaningful it was to have a career and learning experience under this celebrated choreographer.
The editing, the choice of backdrops, and the multitude of dancers of varying ages and ethnicities lend a really unique quality to the dance performances that I had not really experienced prior. All of the dance casts I see tend to be composed entirely of younger dancers, though generally there is a fair amount of diversity in ethnicity. The wildly different backdrops included in the film are something that obviously cannot be accomplished in a dance performance set on a stage. Finally, the apparent resonance of Pina's hand in the dancers' lives, and Pina's choreography itself make for a really unique and beautiful film.