Starkiss: Circus Girls in India (2002)
Movie InfoOne of India's cultural obsessions becomes the subject of this documentary from Dutch filmmakers Jascha de Wilde and Chris Relleke. The Great Rayman Circus takes in many performers from the fringes of Indian society -- dwarves, the deformed, and those otherwise physically challenged -- but its biggest draw are the beautiful young women who perform acrobatics in the nude for patrons of all ages. Starkiss: Circus Girls in India interviews many of the carnival authorities as well as the women themselves to gain insight into their predicament. Often literally sold by their families to the traveling barkers, the girls profiled in the film talk of their degradation, their physically-grueling routines, and their poor prospects for a life outside of the carnival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Starkiss: Circus Girls in India
The film doesn't go deep into their emotions or introduce us to the parents who sold them, but it does open up a world where human life is valued in pennies a day.
Starkiss spotlights disturbing conditions in which circus workers have much in common with animals that are let out of their cages only for performances.
A cautious, digressive expose of the girls' exploitation by their families and by the managers of the Great Rayman Circus.
It is always difficult for a critic to review a film as disturbing and as flawless as Starkiss.
As wrist-slicingly dreary as all that is, the footage accumulated is endlessly fascinating.
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