Friday, December 18 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Circus Without Borders with Bhittos *BEST SHORT DOC*

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(83 Min total runtime)

Bihttos  *Best Short Documentary AIFF 15*
(Canada, 14 min.) Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
This film is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments, and archival photos, writer/director E. Tailfeathers (Blackfoot & Saami) delves into the dissolution of her parents' mythic love story and how it has colored her perception of love in her adult life. 

Circus Without Borders *Runner-Up for Audience Choice*
Directors: Susan Gray, Linda Matchan

CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS is an enlightening tale of two circus troupes from opposite ends of the globe who converge to realize a common dream. Using circus arts as a means of self-expression and cultural exchange, the two circuses -- Artcirq in the Canadian Arctic and Kalabante in West Africa -- give youth in two of the world’s most challenged communities the tools to travel beyond their borders and succeed. The film is a beautiful performance piece; a portal into two remote cultures; and an inspiring story of joy and heartbreak with universal relevance. Guillaume and Yamoussa, two world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe, share the same dream: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa where they help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success, overcoming suicide, poverty and despair. 

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