Screening: Without A Net

Directed by Kelly J. Richardson (Brazil, 2012)

Film Screening and Director's Talk

October 3, 2012

WITHOUT A NET documentary trailer

Event Description

The film will be followed by a discussion with director and Berkeley alumna Kelly J. Richardson.


In an abandoned parking lot in a Rio de Janeiro ghetto sits a circus tent—an incongruous sight, but no more unusual than its motley crew of young performers, searching for a life apart from the drug-related violence around them. As chronicled by first-time feature filmmaker Kelly J. Richardson, putting on a show takes rigor and resourcefulness in their impoverished community, and even this modest production of acrobats, aerialists, and contortionists isn’t free of injuries and ego clashes. But the big top is their oasis, and the human drama of hope and ambition is the greatest show on earth. 60 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

More Information

Read an article about this film in The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

Interview with the director.

Film review.

“Richardson's astounding skill is demonstrated in striking visuals and the themes of escape and flight that extend beyond the circus’ aerial acts.” —The Oakland Tribune