In Wuqiao, a small Chinese town, the inhabitants are dedicated to circus. For decades, different generations present themselves as clowns, magicians, acrobats and tamers. During the holidays of Chinese New Year, the Wuqiao Acrobatic World turns into a big playground for spectators. Surrounded by Buddhist temples and Taoist sculptures, artists create their own space of circus tradition, imagination, illusion and reality. Backstage life is melancholic. “Wuqiao Circus”, a film about circus life fragments, performative existence and the love for playfulness.


  • Lukas Berger Director Circus Debere Berhan, Circus Movements
  • Lukas Berger Writer Circus Debere Berhan, Circus Movements
  • Mário Gajo de Carvalho Producer Circus Movements, The boy and the owl, Histories of wolves, John 746, Rehearsals, Circus Debere Berhan


  • Project Type: Documentary
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Completion Date: May 1, 2020
  • Production Budget: 16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Country of Filming: China
  • Language: Chinese
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color

Screenings / Awards

  • 17th VIS Vienna Shorts Festival Vienna
    May 28, 2020

Director Statement

The circus always fascinated me: the coexistence, the theatrical part, the diversity within cultures and the travels. My intention is to continue my work on this theme and return to one of the places where circus has always been part of people’s lives. The film shows performances and fragments behind the scenes of the unique circus town Wuqiao.