Circus movements


Circus culture is a space of diversity, cooperation and integration. A magical space with real people. "Circus Movements" was shot with circus kids from Ethiopia - Liya and Beza, doing the hula hoop; Habtamnesh, doing the aerial hoop; and the Beniyam, only 5 years old, performing acrobatics. Collectively, they are great circus artists performing in the magnificent landscapes of Ethiopia.

Bio-filmography of the director

Lukas Berger holds a bachelor in Photojournalism & documentary photography from the University of Applied Sciences in Hanover and a M.A in Documentary Film Directing from DocNomads. His first film "Circus Debere Berhan" (2015) premiered at 20th Milano Film Festival and was screened at more than 30 film festivals. His second film "Circus Movements" (2019) premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival and was selected for the 68th Melbourne, 16th Vienna Shorts, 23rd PÖFF Shorts and more than 100 film festivals. He filmed “Wuqiao Circus” during the last Chinese New Year before the pandemic, it premiered at 17th Vienna Shorts and was selected for the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival and many other festivals, winning 6 awards.

Bio-filmography of the co-director

Mário Gajo de Carvalho has 4 university diplomas in Arts and Cinema. His first short "The Millionaires" premiered and was awarded at IndieLisboa 2011. He directed "The Boy and the Owl" that premiered at the 29th CineMagic in UK. He co-directed "Circus Movements" in 2019 that premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival and was selected for the 68th Melbourne Film Festival, 16th Vienna Shorts, 23rd PÖFF Shorts and more than 100 film festivals, winning 27 awards.

Director's note

The film Circus Movements portrays high skilled circus acrobatics from the African country Ethiopia. To underline the nomadic life of circus acrobats and their culture the film travels through the rich natural scape of the country and shows simple everyday life scenes, that every human is familiar with. The religion that is displayed is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is the biggest religion in the country with an interesting history and the majority of the population follows this believe. The variety of circus skills is unique for any circus working in the social field with young and disabled humans. To sharpen the ears of our audience for African music the acts are accompanied by music, that already has its place in music history.


Por ordem de entrada: (Artistas do Circus Debere Berhan) Liya Awrares; Beza Abebe; Habtamnesh Bahailo; Dawit Berihan; Beniyam Bahailo; Alamseged Kefyalew; Fakrata Segaye; Marshet W/Agegnw; Abonesh Yelma; Zakarias Kefyalew; Woreku Bekele; Yegle Beleta


Director: Lukas Berger Co-director: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Circus creative director: Teklu Ashagir Cinematography: Lukas Berger Direct sound: Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Lukas Berger Costumes: Trngo Behailo Editors: Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Lukas Berger Sound design: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Music: Toumani Diabate; Tim Hecker; Akale Wube; Tefayé Abbèbè; Ayaléw Abbèbè; Girma Bèyènè Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Co-producer: Lukas Berger


15 minutes   /   Image: 16x9  /  Sound: Stereo   /  Format: HD   /  Experimental Documentary

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