The Juggler

The Juggler’ is about a social circus in South Africa. The Sisonke social circus wants to stimulate integration by making children move together in circus practice. They use of different exercises to build trust across community lines. With the film, I try to show how children from Isi!Xosa, English and Afrikaans communities in the Stellenbosch area experience the practice of social circus; how social circus tries to help the children to challenge the barriers and walls that are part of the South African landscape, and therefore of the children. I try to show how walls are a manifestation of this shared landscape; how the children embody, become aware of and challenge the walls by moving together.

Sophie Kalker

I’ve been born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’ve conducted my studies in Visual Anthropology in Amsterdam and London and ran a small cinema for a while. I’ve always been interested in filmmaking and the anthropological gaze. This February, I graduated cum laude from the Visual Anthropology Masters at the University of Amsterdam. Throughout my Bachelors and Masters, I have focused on embodiment, landscape, healing and creative arts from a visual anthropological perspective. I hope to continue filmmaking with these subjects as a leading focus.