They fascinate us with their show. They inspire us with their vibrant vitality and their zest for life. They show us their history and lead us to understand that we never knew about Africa until now … André Heller's circus "Africa! Africa!" is a major event in Europe which is constantly sold out weeks prior to its premiere. 120 acrobats, dancers, artists, and musicians from the African continent perform in the show. Drawing on the circus and its highlights, Othmar Schmiderer's film switches from Europe to Africa andback, tracing the origins of four performers in their home countries.
The Fabric of Home
The Fabric of Home - what is the texture of this material - what does it feel like? The film investigates the phenomenon of traditional costumes in all its diversity - including their cultural and political background, and the national legends surrounding them - from the earliest times to the present-day, featuring examples from Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland and South Tyrol. It focuses on the habitat and dress-codes of the individual protagonists or groups, exploring the political and social significance of rituals and lifestyles, and the exuberant symbolism associated with them. It shows different approaches to tradition in relation to the conflicting demands of modern times, and examines the construction of identity and the idea of "home".