Thursday, November 21, 2013

30 days left to help Cirque du Cambodia

Cirque du Cambodia: From the Rice Fields to the Big Time is a documentary project about Phare Ponleu Selpak, a circus school in the off-the-beaten path town of Battambang, in northwest Cambodia.

It's being put together by Bangkok-based journalist and filmmaker Joel Gershon, who has a campaign page up at IndieGoGo. Running until December 19, the crowdfunding campaign is about fifth of its way to reaching a goal of $25,000.

Along with focusing on the school itself and its history, Gershon aims to profile two students, Sopha Nem and Dina Sok, who were accepted into the prestigious National Circus School of Montreal in 2011. They actually have a shot at performing with Cirque du Soleil in the future.

"It's like Hoop Dreams except with circus performers from the rice fields of Cambodia," Gershon says.

You can read more about it in a Phnom Penh Post article.

There's also an extended 6-minute trailer, embedded below.

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