Archive of films Cirkus Rwanda / Cirkus Rwanda

Czech Republic / Slovak Republic
2018, 80 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2018

Rosťa Novák, the face of Cirk La Putyka, has decided to train for a performance with a Rwandan troupe of acrobats. But can they get on together, two teams that are used to such different work tempos and styles? A unique documentary that takes a peek behind the scenes of the thrilling show Hit, Tell the Difference from Prague’s Letní Letná festival.


At first he was afraid to go. Because the plane would crash, he’d die of malaria, or get shot. In the end, however, Rosťa Novák, the face of the Prague ensemble Cirk La Putyka, set out for Rwanda to work on a project with local acrobats. Their leader is Eliseé, who survived the Rwandan genocide as a child and now trains a group comprised of orphaned children. The two troupes begin rehearsing in Rwanda and Prague in order to put together a true circus for the 21st century, one that brings together very disparate backgrounds. But in Michal Varga’s documentary, which culminates in a performance at last year’s Letní Letná festival, discipline and spontaneity sometimes butt heads. Such a clash, however, can end up shattering preconceived ideas about both Africa and Europe.

Jan Škoda

About the director

Michal Varga

Michal Varga (b. 1981, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia). Selected filmography: Far from Maidan (2014), Nature’s Teachers (2014), Heading out for Congo-Brazzaville (2018), Circus Rwanda (2018)


Xova Film
Sudoměřská 893/52, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic
E-mail: [email protected]

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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Special Events
Director: Michal Varga
Screenplay: Michal Varga
Dir. of Photography: Jakub Jelen
Editor: Alexandra Jonášová
Producer: Marek Novák
Production: Xova Film, s.r.o.
Coproduction: nutprodukcia s.r.o., Česká televize, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska - RTVS
Contact: Xova Film


Marek Novák


Jan Gogola

Film Crew

Michal Sikora

Production Manager

Michal Varga



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