Pindorama - The True Story of the Seven Dwarves

Roberto Berliner, Lula Queiroga, Leonardo Crivelare, Brazil, 2007
Synopsis

The seven dwarfs really exist. Their names are Charles, Claudio, Cleidy, Cleidiomar, Zuleide, Gilberto and Rogerio Gomes de Oliveira, and they run their own circus in Brazil. They are the clowns, the ticket sellers, the ringmasters, and the owners. In Pindorama - The True Story of the Seven Dwarfs, Roberto Berliner follows the seven brothers and sisters - all children of the legendary clown Pindoba - as they travel around northern Brazil. The seven subjects tell about circus live, ambitions, love, loss, friendship, children, and the advantages of being a midget. They do this all with extreme frankness and cheerfulness, despite the hard knocks they have encountered in their lives. The interviews are interspersed with lively footage of circus performances and everything surrounding them. The whole family drives to the beach for the day, and the astonishment of onlookers only makes them laugh. The dreams and desires of these special artistes are the ones that we all hold dear: our own place, love, a family. "We hope the baby is a dwarf."

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