Like a Bird

Johanna Maria Fritz, Germany

Iran, Afghanistan, Palestine, Dagestan, Indonesia and Rajasthan in India – regions that are in a difficult political situation, but whose inhabitants have developed a circus culture.

Johanna Maria Fritz talks about political clowns in Gaza, whose performance reflects the absurdity of life on the front line between the poor and the Israeli army, and about circus schools that give Afghan children an alternative route. She shows the old traditions of tightrope walking in the North Caucasus and a circus in Iran, which spreads friendship and fun despite Islamic dictatorship. The Serpent Swords of Rajasthan perform the art of their grandfathers‘ theater or theater from Indonesia.

The title Like a Bird takes the testimony of a little boy about his circus life and stands for the essence of the work.

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