Even When I Fall - An in-depth insight into modern day slavery

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If there is a more inspiring film this year than Even When I Fall, I will be very surprised. It's a powerful documentary that tells the story of modern day slaves who were trafficked into India from Nepal and forced to work in a circus. Among these include children who have been separated from their parents and not only are forced to work but are beaten, sexually abused and tortured.

The film mainly focuses on two young Nepalese women Sheetal and Saraswoti who are rescued and now live with the Kathmandu refuge. Within the refuge they join the Kathmandu Circus, the first and only circus in Nepal, made up of victims of trafficking. The biggest triumph of the film is the strength of the victims and their ability to use their talents to spread awareness for trafficking around the world. Ultimately turning all of their hardships into positives to help other people through art!

We screened the film last night as part of our Wednesday programming alongside four amazing women from four very important organisations, all doing fantastic work to prevent both modern day slavery and trafficking: Anna Strickland, founder of Circus Kathmandu Foundation, who works closely with the film's protagonists; Saima Raza, the manager of Croydon Community Against Trafficking, who works locally in Croydon to raise awareness for trafficking; Lieut.-Colonel Diane Payne, Programme Development Officer for The Salvation Army who, as as a trained First Responder, has been at the front line of the battle with modern slavery; and Debbie Ariyo, CEO of AFRUCA who is doing amazing work to help trafficked African children in the UK.

The women joined us for an extremely interesting and vital discussion after the film, which is available here.

 From left: Katie Brandwood (Screen25), Saima Raza (CCAT), Debbie Ariyo (AFRUCA), Anna Strickland (Circus Kathmandu Foundation), Lieut.-Colonel Diane Payne (The Salvation Army)

From left: Katie Brandwood (Screen25), Saima Raza (CCAT), Debbie Ariyo (AFRUCA), Anna Strickland (Circus Kathmandu Foundation), Lieut.-Colonel Diane Payne (The Salvation Army)

Joshua Andrews