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Zachariah Fletcher, a 21-year-old actor whose parents were circus performers, travels to Kharkov in Ukraine where he joins Russian circus family the Averyushkins on tour. Zach meets 11-year-old Dacham whose acrobat parents won't let her join the circus until after she has finished schoolm and 29-year-old Albina, who broke four generations of tradition and left the circus to start her own family. Finally, Zach is transformed into a clown to join Artem on stage in his unicycle act. Zach asks whether circus life and family life really are compatible with each other.
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23 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used as a stimulus to explore the ethics of circuses and children working. Students could go on to explore the legal restrictions around child labour in the UK and do a comparison.