Directed by: Guo Jing and Ke Dingding
Ma xi xue xiao
Dir.: Guo Jing, Ke Dingding
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.
« 26 March-5 April »