Upside Down” brings five portraits of Palestinian youngsters, three girls and two boys. They are all growing up in Palestine under the Israeli occupation. What do they have in common? What is the common thread among these youngsters? Palestinain Circus School! The documentary follows young circus artists from different cities (Jenin, Birzeit, Hebron and Al Fara’a refugee camp), because the Palestinain Circus School works throughout the whole West Bank. Each city has its specific characteristics: in one city the presence of the occupation is stronger, in another area day to day life is much more defined by traditions, while the economical situation of one city is worse than another. Moreover, we want to discover how the world of these young people in the Middle East looks like. We ask ourselves some questions: How does their daily life look like? Are their philosophies completely different from the ones of Western youth or are they similar? Does the Palestinian / Israeli conflict keep these young people awake and how do they deal with it? In what way offers the Palestinian Circus School them the opportunity to dream? “Upside Down” tells the story from the perspective of young people. In this way we hope to show a different perspective on the daily lifes of Palestinian youth through the Palestinian / Israeli conflict and the role of the circus school in this.


Ibrahim Jamal Salfiti, 10 years, Jenin, circus student since 2 years

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Ruba Da’ana, 12 years, Hebron, cicus student since 2 years

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Hazar Azzeh, 15 years, Ramallah, circus student since 5 years


Nafez Ima, 19 years, Al Fara’a RC, circus student since 1 year

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Marwa Al Rifa’i, 19 years, Jenin, was  circus student for 1 year

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