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11 April 2018

REVIEW: Even When I Fall Screening and Q&A with Directors Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon and Producer Elhum Shakerifar

An emotive and empowering film, Even When I Fall had the audience captivated from the opening scene right through to the end credits. This documentary follows two key female protagonists who are performers in Circus Kathmandu, a Nepalese circus set up by survivors of trafficking.

However, instead of a typical victimhood narrative, theirs is a story of resilience and survival. The protagonists, Saraswoti and Sheetal, come to terms with their past and use their circus performances as an educational tool against child trafficking. Producer and winner of WFTV BBC News and Factual Award, Elhum Shakerifar, said: “we’re used to seeing women as victims, Circus Kathmandu was reframing the narrative of victimhood and giving their stories new meaning’.

According to the directors, Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon, the protagonists told their stories as they wanted, and the filmmakers facilitated this in a collaborative approach across the six-year filmmaking process. This approach allowed them to resist ‘fitting the story to a simplistic narrative’, and instead show the complexities of the trafficking situation in Nepal.

Even When I Fall tackles the pain and guilt of the families who sent their daughter’s away, the stigma linked to trafficking and the worries and fears of the protagonists. But it also celebrates their triumphs, victories and hopes, following their highs just as closely as their lows, and the audience shares in that journey.

Profits from this film are being given to Circus Kathmandu to support their ongoing work in raising awareness. If you would like to donate, please follow this link:

Even When I Fall was screened as part of the Barbican and WFTV series ‘Conversations with Women in film’ and took place at the Barbican on Monday 9th April.

The film will be released in the UK on Friday 13th April, upcoming screenings can be found here:


Jenny Samuels

Awards and Events Producer