Gender, Media, and the Survivor Series
'Even When I Fall' Screening and Filmmaker Q&A Discussion
A screening of this critically acclaimed documentary, followed by an exclusive discussion between the filmmakers and LSE academics, and a reception. This event will explore the ethics of storytelling through documentary filmmaking, as seen in this moving portrait of human trafficking survivors.
‘We felt the more rarely told story is about the aftermath of trafficking in a survivor’s life, and the barriers to surviving it with dignity.’ — Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon
Sheetal and Saraswoti met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge, survivors of child trafficking to corrupt Indian circuses and brought back across the border to a Nepal they could barely remember.
EVEN WHEN I FALL traces their journey over 6 years as they confront the families that sold them, seek acceptance within their own country and begin to build a future. They struggle against the odds and without education, but inadvertently these girls were left with a secret weapon by their captors - their breath-taking skills as circus artists. With 11 other young trafficking survivors, Sheetal and Saraswoti form Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus.
An intimate, beautiful film that harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking. Join us for a special screening of this critically acclaimed documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmakers and ethnographers Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon, and Winnie M Li (PhD researcher, rape survivor, and activist Winnie M Li). Dr. Sumi Madhok from the Department of Gender Studies will chair.
This series of events is dedicated to exploring how the media represents different forms of gender-based violence, and the kind of ‘voice’ given to survivors. They are also designed to provide a fruitful dialogue between those with lived experience, those who represent that experience, and those who study these media representations. Concepts explored will include voice, audience, the public sphere, agency, and recovery from trauma.
The event will be followed by a reception, providing a space for survivors, frontline workers, journalists, advocates, academics, and the public to build useful connections. This event is free and open to the public. Attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so do arrive early to ensure yourself a seat. #LSEVoice
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The Gender, Media, and the Survivor Series is a collaboration between LSE, On Road Media, and Clear Lines. This series is made possible by the Dept of Media and Communications’ KEI funding.
‘Remarkable… a privilege to hear these women tell their stories in their own clear-eyed words.’ The Guardian
‘The shocking story behind Nepal’s first circus… A triumph against all odds.’ Screen International
‘Uplifting, immersive and spectacular.’ Birds Eye View