Even When I FallKate McLarnon, Sky Neal, 89 min, UK.
Sheetal and Saraswoti met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refugee, 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 traces their journey over 6 years as they confront the families that sold them, seek acceptance within their own country and begin to build a future. They struggle against the odds and without education, but inadvertently these girls were left with a secret weapon by their 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.
“Even When I Fall transforms individual experiences into a thoughtful, wide-ranging documentary touching on universal themes of the importance of education and the need for female empowerment.”
Allan Hunter, Screen Daily