Circus of Peace | trailer of the documentary by Nat Wilms and Carlos Sandoval | in color and b-w, stereo, 4:3 PAL | 22 min
with the group of M.M.C.C. - Kabul, Afghanistan
video shooting and editing by Nat Wilms | sound and original music by Carlos Sandoval
© 2011 Accademia Perduta/Romagna Teatri - Teatro Stabile d'Arte Contemporanea Ravenna and Community of Bagnacavallo/Italy
This experimental documentary was born with the Mexican musician Carlos Sandoval and focuses on the theme of childhood in artistically and socially difficult situations. Its title refers to the theatre-circus project of the same name, which takes place in the Italian town Bagnacavallo, where every year in the main square a chapiteau is put together to host young artists who come from circus schools around the world. For the season 2010/2011 Afghan children from Kabul were invited to Bagnacavallo and stayed there for more than three weeks. These children did 25 shows entertaining more than 4000 spectators.
I filmed them mainly during their rehearsals, trips, presentations on the street and in schools nearby. I did not want to polemicize their political and fragile background and instead concentrated on their gestures, gazes, unspoken thoughts, tender age and differences to make them familiar to us and emphasize what they are: Children.