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'Circus Without Borders' Screens in Chicago at Youth Circus Venue

Event Date:

December 4, 2015 | 8:00 PM EST
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In the remote northern reaches of one of the wealthiest countries of the world is an aboriginal...

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Acrobats Members of Kalabante: Yamoussa Bangoura (L), founder of Kalabante; and Guillaume Saladin, founder of Artcirq. Image by Michele McDonald.

Join the Pulitzer Center for a free screening of the documentary Circus Without Borders at CircEsteem in Chicago, on Friday December 4. A Chicago premiere!

A special performance and Q&A will follow the screening with producer Linda Matchan and performers Guillaume Saladin from Artcirq, and Yamoussa Bangoura from Kalabante.

Admission is free, but please reserve your seat as soon as possible via this link.

Circus Without Borders follows Saladin and Bangoura, best friends and world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe who share the same dream: To bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa, where they help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success while confronting suicide, poverty and despair."

Both troupes use art and the power of dreams to transform themselves and their communities. Seven years in the making, this tale of two circuses — Artcirq and Kalabante — is a culture-crossing performance piece that offers a portal into two remote communities, and an inspiring story of resilience and joy.

Circus Without Borders was the opening film for the 2015 Margaret Mead Film Festival in NYC.

The public screening is tied to the Pulitzer Center's educational outreach program, which will also bring the film, filmmakers and performers into secondary schools in St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Producer Linda Matchan is a Canadian-born documentary filmmaker and feature writer for The Boston Globe, and a Pulitzer Center grantee. She has a special interest in the Canadian Arctic and has reported on social issues affecting the Inuit for the Pulitzer Center in her project "Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice," which developed into Circus Without Borders.

Since 2001, CircEsteem, has sought to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds to help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts.

Admission is free, but please reserve your seat as soon as possible via this link.

Friday, December 4
8:00 pm
4730 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640

View the Circus Without Borders trailer from Northern Light Productions on Vimeo.

Director: Susan Gray
Producer: Linda Matchan
Editor: Andrew Kukura
Executive Producers: Nicole Guillemet & Bestor Cram
Associate Producer: Taylor Dueweke

For more information on the film visit