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After Circus

American Culture
Viveka Melki
78 minutes

Accolades

Official Selection
Hot Docs Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Rencontres Int'l du Documentaire de Montreal

"Touching and inspiring." - Toronto Film Scene

"Touching tribute" - POV Magazine

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Synopsis

Life under the big top is hard on the body, tough on relationships, and not particularly lucrative, but the performers, many of them born into the craft, do it because of their love and appreciation of the art form. After Circus thoughtfully explores the lives of circus performers whose careers have come to an end, bringing their experiences and unique perspectives into center stage.

Director

Director

Viveka Melki is a storyteller working primarily in film. Born in The Gambia, West Africa, Viveka cofounded Tortuga Films in Rimouski Quebec in 2006 but today is a director and screenwriter fulltime. Her filmography as a Producer ranges from the award winning documentary, Campesinos... we will inherit the earth (2008, Radio Canada and TFO) and Hippocrate (2012, Radio Canada, Explora). In 2010 Viveka directed her first short film The Time It Takes (11 min) which was nominated in competition at Regard sur le court métrage in Quebec as well as international film festivals. In 2014 she directed the two part series War Correspondence (WWI and DDay).

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