It Takes A Circus

Juggling Life on a Tightrope

Short
International
SA Premiere

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Director(s):

Zoe Chiriseri-Ramushu & Sarah D. Collins

Country:

United States

Year:

2021

Running Time:

28 min

Language(s):

English

It Takes a Circus: Juggling Life on a Tightrope follows a circus squad in Trenton, New Jersey, where students in the area and from the surrounding suburbs meet, learn tricks and perform after school. The space is much more than a simple co-curricular programme as the warm community, mentorships and friendships the space facilitates have a huge impact on the students, many of whom have difficult home lives and come to practice for a sense of reprieve. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the space was drastically changed as its members and organisers adapted to keep the space alive and used the circus as a way to express their voices.

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