Even When I Fall is a feature documentary about Kathmandu Circus, the first and only circus in Nepal, set up by two survivors of child trafficking.
Sheetal and Saraswoti are Nepalese child trafficking survivors who met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge after being rescued from corrupt Indian circuses. As they take the bold step of bringing an unrecognised art form to of Nepal, they simultaneously challenge the deep-seated stigma against trafficked women.
This intimate, beautiful film harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking. This is a film about hopes, dreams and inspirational young people who are working against the status quo to create positive change in their own societies.
Dir. Kate Mclarnon and Sky Neal • 2018 • UK • 93 mins • Cert 12A
Followed by panel discussion, in partnership with CCAT and AFRUCA
Croydon Community Against Trafficking (CCAT) are a coalition of people that seek to raise awareness of modern slavery and trafficking locally and regionally and have been doing so since 2005. They work to campaign against this crime through engaging with communities, local networks, businesses and educational institutions. They consistently work to raise the profile of this issue and gather intelligence to feedback to statutory agencies.
Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 in the aftermath of the deaths of children like Jude Akapa, Victoria Climbie and Damilola Taylor in the UK. The organisation was set up as a platform for advocating for the welfare of African children and has since gained recognition for its role in speaking out on key issues affecting African children in the UK.
The charity has been at the forefront of efforts to denounce the trafficking of African children to the country as well as highlighting the issue of the branding of children as witches or as possessed by evil spirits. It has drawn attention to both phenomena through organising activities, and engaging at different levels with policy-makers, other NGOs and within the African community.