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International House Philadelphia Features 'Circus Without Borders'

Event Date:

December 7, 2015 | 7:00 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 International House Philadelphia, on Monday, December 7. A Philadelphia premiere!

A special performance and Q&A will follow the screening with director Susan Gray and performers Guillaume Saladin from Artcirq, and Yamoussa Bangoura from Kalabante. Nathalie Applewhite, Pulitzer Center Managing Director, will introduce and moderate the panel.

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.

Gray is an award-winning documentary film director, writer and producer who has produced documentary films for worldwide television broadcast, festivals and cinema, working from Europe, Africa and the United States. She is the director of broadcast development at Northern Light Productions.

Producer Linda Matchan received a grant to report on social issues affecting the Inuit for the Pulitzer Center in her project "Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice," which developed into Circus Without Borders.

Admission is free, but please reserve your seat as soon as possible through the International House of Philadelphia.

Monday, December 7
7:00 pm
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

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 about the film visit