Sheetal and Saraswoti met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge, both survivors of child trafficking to Indian circuses. They had been rescued and brought back across the border to Nepal, but what does the future hold for these young women returning to a home they barely remember?
Even When I Fall traces their journey over 6 years, as they reclaim their breath-taking skills as circus artists and begin to build a future against all the odds. Along with 11 other young trafficking survivors, they form Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus – creating a livelihood for themselves and simultaneously working to educate and challenge the deep-seated stigma against trafficked women.
This intimate, beautiful film harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking.
The screening on Thur 12th April was followed by a Q&A with the film's directors Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon hosted by Jo Duncombe at Birds Eye View.
Birds Eye View’s mission is to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women. We celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2018 as an agency for change, and are now a year-round campaign for change, run by industry heavyweights from across the film value chain with over 25k follower. We are avid film lovers who celebrate the female gaze in all its different incarnations in an intersectional and inclusive way. All welcome.