DC Public Film Screening: 'Circus Without Borders'

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 08:00pm EDT (GMT -0400)
Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015
United States
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Tumble into the world of circus and join the Pulitzer Center for the public screening of "Circus Without Borders" on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Avalon Theatre

Inspired by the Pulitzer Center-sponsored project, "Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice," this documentary follows youth circuses from two drastically different, yet similarly vulnerable communities across the world–an Inuit village in Canada and Guinea in West Africa. Joined together through their love for the art and determination to transform their struggling communities, the troupes confront issues such as poverty, suicide, and drugs while working to empower youths through the power of performance.

Pulitzer Center grantees Linda Matchan and Michele McDonald conducted the original reporting for "Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice." They reported on an aboriginal community in Canada with a history of youth suicide stemming from a legacy of Cold War-era colonization. By weaving their Inuit traditions into their circus, Artcirq, this group of young Inuit has worked to reclaim their lives and heritage. Directed by Susan Gray, "Circus Without Borders" has been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.

Gray, director of broadcast development at Northern Light Productions, and Circus Kalabanté director Yamoussa Bangoura, who is one of the main subjects of the film, lead a talkback after the Avalon Theatre screening. The talkback will be followed by a short circus performance by Bangoura and a member of Kalabanté.

The Avalon Theatre is an independent, nonprofit cinema in Washington, DC. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 for students, $9.75 for seniors, and $9.50 for children.

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