On a tightrope is an award-winning poetic documentary film about the daily lives of four orphans learning the ancient art of tightrope walking.

The children belong to China's persecuted Muslim Uighur minority, and the tightrope becomes a metaphor for the struggle of the Uighurs who are torn between their own culture and the communist governments demand for obedience.

On A Tightrope 
is the first Norwegian documentary to compete in the Sundance Film Festival. It has won the Watch Doc Award, Chicago Doc Short Film Grand Prix and the International Section Award at the Astra Film Festival.

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