A clip from Tsirk (2009), a 23-minute documentary about clowns and communism.
Directed and photographed: David R Cairns.
Edited: Duncan Bruce.
Sound Recordist: Timur Ibatullin.
Post production sound: Luis Fernandez Garcia.
Online and grade: Juan Pablo Salazar B
Alexei Krugliakov is serious about being funny. He's studying to become a clown at the State School for Circus and Variety Arts, in Moscow. It's a tough discipline which requires physical fitness and total dedication.
In Tsirk, Alexei is our guide to the school, a shabby relic of a vast Soviet circus system instituted to entertain the masses and spread propaganda. While Alexei practises his pratfalls, the committed and underpaid staff remember better, but less free, days.