Girl Against Gravity

Jens Pedersen, Denmark, 2017

20 min.DK/DocumentaryChildren's films

Erdenchimeg has her mind set on becoming a famous contortionist – a speciality of Mongolian acrobats. Her team at the circus school is invited to become part of a prestigious show on the parliament square. But suddenly Erdenchimeg seems incapable of managing her exercise. The prospect of becoming the 'odd one out' on her team is all the more frightening because her dad is imprisoned, her mother is a former drunk and Erdenchimeg was only admitted to the circus school as an act of good will. Not just her own dreams, but also the dignity of her family is at stake. But in the end she finds her inner strength and pulls through.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Børnene på Silkevejen 1:5 - Akrobat
Danish title Børnene på Silkevejen 1:5 - Akrobat
Other titles Børnene på Silkevejen 1:5, Girl Against Gravity, Kids on the Silk Road 1 - Girl Against Gravity
Keywords Children in foreign countries, Mongolia, Children, Girls, Acrobatics, Circus artists, Dreams of the future
Director Jens Pedersen
Producer Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Director of Photography Jens Pedersen
Editor Jesper Osmund
Sound Hans Møller
Composer Halfdan E.
Production country Denmark
Production companies Pedersen & Co ApS
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / t +43 670 208 7881 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
Online release 25.09.2017
Comment "Kids on the Silk Road" is a series of five documentaries for children aged 10-12 about their peers living in the ancient Silk Road countries in Central and East Asia. Director Jens Pedersen had his children's series Faith Hope Afghanistan (2013) selected for IDFA.
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Production companies Pedersen & Co ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with Toolbox Film
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Jens Pedersen


Screenplay and story Jens Pedersen


Producer Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Executive producer Jakob Gottschau


Cinematographer Jens Pedersen


Editor Jesper Osmund


Music Halfdan E.


Sound Hans Møller
Sound designer Hans Møller

Visual effects

Grading Oskar Fanta

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2018-10-29
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2018-05-17
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2018-04-24
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2018-03-05
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017-10-27
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16
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