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MA XI XUE XIAO

CIRCUS SCHOOL

Guo Jing, Ke Dingding
VR China, 2006
Documentaries, 103min, OmeU

MA XI XUE XIAO

Guo Jing, Ke Dingding
VR China, 2006
Documentaries, 103min, OmeU

Sound: 
Guo Jing
Camera: 
Ke Dingding
Editor: 
Guo Jing
Production: 
Guo Jing, Ke Dingding Apt. 20f, Building One, Changchun Road No.158, Shanghai 200081, China T 137 019 471 09 gking_doc@yahoo.com.cn
World Sales: 
TV2 World Teglholm Alle 16 2450 Kopenhagen, Dänemark T 6521 4816 kimc@tv2.dk
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

The history of Chinese acrobatics dates back centuries. An art form that focuses on challenging physical limitations, acrobatics is considered the quintessence of China's strength and power as a nation. At the Shanghai Circus school, students ranging in age from six to fifteen must complete a seven-year programme before working as professionals. Guo Jing and Ke Dingding reveal the hard experiences of a group of children before they become acrobats, and show the in-human treatments they suffer as well as the victory and extraordinary power of humankind they experience when making a success of their tough training. In a verité style akin to that of pioneers such as Frederick Wiseman, the filmmakers give us a rare and unfettered look at the intense daily regime of several students and teachers at this lauded institution, as they prepare for a national competition.