Circus Without Borders

Circus Without Borders

Starts:  3/21/2016  6:30 PM
Ends: 3/21/2016 9:30 PM
Location: MCB C103

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International at Simmons College.

The Sociology Department at Simmons is proud to present Circus Without Borders, a documentary film by Boston-based director Susan Gray (of Northern Light Productions) and Boston Globe journalist Linda Matchan on March 21 from 6:30-9:30 in MCB C103; this event is free and open to the public.

Circus Without Borders is the story of two struggling communities; an Inuit Community in Arctic Canada, and a Guinean community (where Ebola broke out) in West Africa. It is the story of two extraordinary men who bring circus to their communities and use it to help the youth. We filmed it over 7 years and watched as both circuses had amazing triumphs (both made it to the world stage) and heart wrenching challenges. The Inuit community struggles from a high suicide rate connected to their colonial past and a suicide happened in the circus troupe during our filming.

After watching the film, Yamoussa and Guillaume (the stars) do circus tricks, pull students on stage to challenge themselves and overcome fear, and then they engage them in a discussion about sadness, depression, life challenges, overcoming fear, and how to channel negative emotions into positive activities such as the arts. Students in the arts benefit greatly from the film. It teaches them to truly appreciate the value of what they do, beyond the musical performance or work of art in and of itself. It also teaches them to overcome their fears and to dare to dream.

For a sample of what the event entails, see this performance in a Philadelphia high school or the film's trailer.

For more information, email strain@simmons.edu or visit the Facebook event page