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by Michal Varga


Eliseé survived the Rwandan genocide as a child. Today he leads an orphan acrobat group in a country, which heavily relies on foreign aid. He cares for the orphaned children and wants them to be happy, to have some sense in their lives. Rosta Novák built a worldwide-acclaimed circus group in Prague, where he successfully rules with a firm, paternal hand, but has permanently dark under-eye circles from the workload. The majority of Rwandese think that all people in Europe are fairy rich. On the other hand, many Europeans think that it is necessary to help Africa with everything. What happens, if we merge these two worlds in a film, during the preparation of a joint circus performance? What are the true motivations of our protagonists and what does it tell us about the Africa-Europe relationship? And who actually helps whom, in the end?

international title: Circus Rwanda
original title: Circus Rwanda
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
sales agent: TVCO
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Michal Varga
film run: 80'
screenplay: Michal Varga
cinematography by: Jakub Jelen, Matej Pinos
film editing: Alexandra Jonásová
producer: Marek Novák
co-producer: Jakub Viktorín
line producer: Michal Sikora
production: Xova Film, nutprodukcia, Czech Television - Česká televize, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska - Radio and Television Slovakia
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