At first he was afraid to go. Because the plane would crash, he’d die of malaria, or get shot. In the end, however, Rosťa Novák, the face of the Prague ensemble Cirk La Putyka, set out for Rwanda to work on a project with local acrobats. Their leader is Eliseé, who survived the Rwandan genocide as a child and now trains a group comprised of orphaned children. The two troupes begin rehearsing in Rwanda and Prague in order to put together a true circus for the 21st century, one that brings together very disparate backgrounds. But in Michal Varga’s documentary, which culminates in a performance at Letní Letná festival, discipline and spontaneity sometimes butt heads. Such a clash, however, can end up shattering preconceived ideas about both Africa and Europe. KVIFF
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