Circus Without Borders

Director: Susan Gray
Country: Canada/Guinea/USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: English and French w/ English subtitles


World-class acrobats and good friends Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura come from very different corners of the globe—the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa. Despite the distance, they share the same vision: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Seven years in the making, this riveting and uplifting story of their two circus companies—Artcirq and Kalabanté—and  the culture-crossing collaborative performance that unites them has the propulsive drama of a gripping work of fiction. Wrapped up in the narrative swirling around these two driven, charismatic men are the parallel plights of the Inuit and Guinean youth they’re committed to helping—the suicide, poverty, and despair that haunts their isolated communities, and the resilience and joy that characterize the tenacity of their collective dream.

About the Director

Susan Gray

Biography: Susan Gray is an award-winning documentary film director, writer and producer who has produced documentary films for worldwide television broadcast, festivals and cinema, working from Europe, Africa and the United States. She is the Director of Broadcast Development at Northern Light Productions.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Circus Without Borders (2015).

Wide Angle: The Prime Minister and the Press (TV Series Documentary – 2003);
The Prime Minister and the Press (TV Movie documentary – 2003);
Gelato: An Endless Passion (2005);
Killer Poet: The Double Life of Norman Porter (2008);
Circus Without Borders (2015).