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Logline: The remarkable story behind the building of Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus. Breathtaking circus performance meets observational documentary in an empowering story about 3 women’s survival from trafficking and triumph over adversity to become international anti-trafficking advocates.
“Even When I Fall” tells the story of three young Nepali women, survivors of child trafficking into corrupt circuses in India. They meet as teenagers in a refuge after rescue and realize together that they were inadvertently left with a secret weapon by their captors: their breathtaking skill as circus performers. We trace their journey as they build Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s only circus, face the families that sold them, seek acceptance within their communities and become anti-trafficking advocates worldwide. A story of survival against the odds, of empowerment and of challenging the status quo.
Co-Directors: Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon
Producer: Elhum Shakerifar (recently BAFTA-nominated for “A Syrian Love Story” by Sean McAllister)
About the Film:
Watching the women of Circus Kathmandu bravely re-establish themselves as circus artists despite the huge stigma associated with trafficking has been awe inspiring. Not only have they managed, against all odds, to create rewarding and empowering vocations, but they have also created a bold way to confront and challenge the systems that oppress them and to help others. Our aim in making this film is to communicate the awe I have for these young women to a broad audience. We will ensure that the film will become a platform for discussion on subjects including women’s empowerment, expression and education.
Current Status: We have been following the story for 5 years – we are currently at the end of production and to date, we have received funding from Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken and Egg and Worldview, and the film is supported by Women Make Movies. We’re crowdfunding for the final amount needed for the edit and post production. We aim to release the film in 2017.
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