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Pulitzer Center Takes 'Circus Without Borders' to St. Louis

Event Date:

December 1, 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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Members of Kalabante. Image by Michele McDonald.

Join the Pulitzer Center for a free screening of the documentary Circus Without Borders at Nerinx Hall High School Auditorium, on Tuesday, December 1. A St. Louis 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.

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.

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.

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

Matchan is a Canadian-born documentary filmmaker and feature writer for The Boston Globe. She received a grant from the Pulitzer Center to report on social issues affecting the Inuit in her project "Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice," which developed into Circus Without Borders.

Tuesday, December 1
7:00 pm
Nerinx Hall High School Auditorium
530 E Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, MO

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