Netherlands 2019 • 26 min
Producer: Sophie Kalker
Countryof shooting: South Africa
The Juggler is about the Sisonke Social Circus in South Africa, a social circus that wants to stimulate integration by making children move together in circus practice. Using different exercises, they try to build on trust, which spreads across community lines. The film tries to show how children from Isi!Xhosa, 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. The film shows 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 has since high school focused on documentary filmmaking and anthropology, even without knowing it. She discovered the Visual Anthropology programme at the University of Amsterdam, and did not hesitate to apply. After her BA, she added an extra bachelor’s year in London to broaden the perspective on how visual anthropology is practiced elsewhere. In 2019, she graduated cum laude from the Visual Anthropology Masters at the University of Amsterdam. Throughout her studies, she has focused on embodiment, landscape, healing and creative arts, and hopes to continue filmmaking with these subjects as a leading focus.