When the war in Ukraine started in February 2022, leaving her family behind, Sonia, a 12-year-old circus artist was set on a journey through Europe. Her aura and talent make her stand out from even this extraordinary crowd.
When in 2022 February, the war breaks out between Russia and Ukraine, 11-year-old circus artist Sonia’s life as she knew it is gone.
As the superpowers of the world lock horns right next to her town Kharkiv, she needs to leave her home and her father behind.
Instead of fleeing to France with her younger brother – where her mother moved to live with a man she had met on the internet when Sonia was 6 – , she goes to Hungary with her trainer Svitlana, to pursue her career as a contortionist. She finds herself in a world unknown to her: she doesn’t know the city, the language, she hardly knows her roommates at the dorm.
The only thing she knows is the circus, and her act.
This harsh world now means safety for her. As she trains harder and harder, her unique talent gets recognized – she is invited to perform at the biggest circus event in the world, the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival. Although she is not ready for this step, the organizers want to show sympathy to Ukraine: as a victim of war, Sonia gets a unique opportunity. This also provokes the jealous eyes and bullying of her teammates. Adding to her anxiety, her mother Natasha, – who she has not seen in six months – goes to Monte-Carlo along with Sonia’s brother, and her boyfriend, Jim. She wins a special prize, and as a consequence, she has to perform twice a day for 10 days, which causes her pain in the upcoming weeks. Natasha decides to take Sonia out of Svitlana’s group, and enroll her in a new school, in Italy. She now needs to find her place in this new world, new country, new school. While striving to prove her worthiness by becoming a great contortionist, she has to learn to be in charge of her own life. Her aim is to be invited to Monte-Carlo again, but this time not as the Ukrainian girl, but for her own merits, as Sonia.
Our documentary will follow Sonia’s life in these new circumstances in the next 4-5 years.