The Circus Saved My Life (2017)

24m / Not Rated / Documentary

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An extraordinary story of tragedy and triumph, The Circus Saved My Life highlights the plight of the many women in Mongolia who suffer in abusive relationships. The subject of the film, Chimgee, tells her story, and it is one of courage and determination. Leaving the only home she has ever known to travel with an American circus helps her escape the domestic abuse she had endured most of her young life. But what is even more impressive is her eventual return to her homeland to help other women in similar abusive situations.

Tampa artist and filmmaker Stewart Lippe did not anticipate when he went to Mongolia to perform with a small circus that his trip would result in an award-winning documentary. But the combination of Chimgee’s story and an interview with a global women’s rights expert gave Lippe the content he needed to create this short documentary. When the film premiered at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, it received a “Best of the Fest” designation and was featured on NBC Asia.

The Circus Saved My Life will be presented as a free community screening by The Spring of Tampa Bay, the certified domestic violence center serving Hillsborough County. Circus performers from BB’s Dance and Circus Arts School of Dunedin will greet attendees, and The Spring will moderate a panel discussion and audience Q&A immediately after the film.

Doors open at 11:00am