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Mip TV Picks 2008: China Circus

China Circus is a series that looks at the training behind China's legendary circus acrobats. Beginning at seven years old, each of these children undergoes six years of intense moulding, rid their bodies and minds of all normal limitations, and turn into an incredible artist and athlete.
April 1, 2008


As you watch these young performers twist and turn, and lift themselves with little regard for the ravages of gravity, it becomes apparent that most of our limitations must be learned. For these children, the impossible is part of their daily routine.

China Circus is a series that looks at the training behind China’s legendary circus acrobats. Beginning at seven years old, each of these children undergoes six years of intense moulding, rid their bodies and minds of all normal limitations, and turn into an incredible artist and athlete. The two-part series follows its subjects from the start of training until graduation, and visits the prestigious Wuqiao School of Acrobatic Arts and its 200 students, as well as the Heilongjiang Acrobatic Troupe, which performs routines on ice. Although it has a simple, observational approach, this series will simply leave viewers stunned. Partners: National Geographic Channel, CICC (China), Natural History New Zealand (Dunedin) and Equator HD (US), distributed by Off the Fence (Amsterdam)
Aired: Equater HD, National Geographic International
Length: 2 x 50 minutes
Rights available: Free TV worldwide, excluding China, New Zealand and the US

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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