Even When I Fall
Young trafficking survivors form Circus Kathmandu, Nepal’s first and only circus.
Director: Kate McLarnon and Sky Neal
93 Mins / 2017 / UK / Nepal, subtitles
An intimate and beautiful documentary, filmed over the course of six years. Sheetal and Saraswoti met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge, survivors of child trafficking to corrupt Indian circuses and brought back across the border to a Nepal they could barely remember. Even When I Fall follows them as they confront the families that sold them, seek acceptance within their own country and begin to build a future utilising the secret weapon ironically gifted to them by their former captors – their breathtaking skills as circus artists.
With 11 other young trafficking survivors, Sheetal and Saraswoti form Circus Kathmandu, Nepal’s first and only circus. Boldly bringing an unrecognised art form to the stages of Nepal, they simultaneously challenge the deep-seated stigma against trafficked women and find the courage to address their past, piecing together broken memories against the rich beauty of the Kathmandu Valley, the dusty poverty-stricken border towns of the Terai plains and finally, the bright lights of the Big Top at Glastonbury Festival.