Tele­vi­sion is the window to the world for the fifty-odd circus girls of the Indian Great Rayman Circus. The girls, from four to twenty-four years old, live completely isolated — locked up behind a corru­gated iron fence on the circus ground. It is only right before the start of every show (three shows a day, seven days a week) that they are allowed to cross over to the ring. Guard Ali Baba, one of the few people going behind the fence, justi­fies: The girls’ secu­rity is a major problem.’ Docu­men­tary film­makers Relleke and De Wilde’s patience is rewarded by the circus performers’ confi­dence. The Lilliputian’s desires are addressed just as much as the manager’s economic interest. Most girls were sold to the circus by their parents to supple­ment the fami­ly’s paltry income.

Credits

Set geluid
Mixage
Production company
Wilderell Film
TV company
OHM
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen
Wilderell Film
Eye Filmmuseum

Title: Starkiss - circusmeisjes in India
Year: 2002
Duration : 1 hour, 17 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Documentaire (2003)
Chris Relleke
Beste Lange Documentaire (2003)
Jascha de Wilde

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