Kids on the Silk Road: Girl Against Gravity
Eleven-year old Erdenchimeg lives her dream at circus school. But with her father in jail, she often feels an outsider in her class.
The documentary series Kids on the Silk Road, produced by Maria Stevnbak Westergren for Danish production house Toolbox Film, has won the Best Roundtable Pitch at the IDFA Forum 2017.
The series’ first five episodes, directed by Jens Pedersen, have just been completed, with three of them premiering at IDFA this year. During the pitch, the next 10 episodes were introduced to an audience of potential financiers and co-producers.
Kids on the Silk Road tell the unique stories of the extraordinary lives of young children along the colourful Silk Road route from China to Venice; each 20-minute episode is set in a different country. In the upcoming episodes, director Jens Pedersen will be supported by his Danish colleagues Simon Lereng Wilmont, who won the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance 2017 for his feature debut The Distant Barking of Dogs and Kaspar Astrup Schröder, whose Big Time screens in Panorama.