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Starkiss: Circus Girls in India (2002)

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One 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.

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Critic Reviews for Starkiss: Circus Girls in India

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The disquiet in this movie cuts deeper than mere shock.

July 29, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The film does just what documentary should -- illuminate the complexity of the previously unseen.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A fascinating if somewhat morbid study.

March 4, 2005 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

March 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Starkiss spotlights disturbing conditions in which circus workers have much in common with animals that are let out of their cages only for performances.

April 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Troubling.

July 8, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
New York Post
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