On The Moon

“On The Moon” is a short visual narrative following the story of the first social circus group in Zambia. Founded by Gift Chansa, Circus Zambia aims to fight the stigma and challenges of growing up in Chibolya – a township notorious for drugs and violence. Through the talent, drive and need for change the company provides opportunity for disadvantaged people to rise up and become change makers. From performing in the streets of Lusaka to venturing out globally, Circus Zambia has created a safe haven for the youth to prosper in their talents as well as spread information on global issues to the community. The company highlights the importance of keeping ones mind and body strong, and to fulfil one’s aspirations despite their background.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast

Tapiwa Chalila
Charles Malama
Bergus Siatubotu
Benson Kalundula
Cassius Daka
David Mwale
Protasio Kunda
Chezen Daka
Gift Hambulo
Ndaba Gwai
Lawrence Tembo
Belinda Kaputula
Patrick Chikoloma
Chisanga Taylor

Producer/director: Athena Vlachos
Director of Photography: Harry Vlachos/Bwana Jimmy Productions
Assistant Director: Dylan Soal
Art Director: Emma Dollery
Circus manager: Gift Chansa
Assistant DP: Atanga Mungandi
Music: John McManus & Will Crockford
Runner & Fireman: Phillip Chalcraft
Runner: Colin Miller
Transport: Evans Bbundila
Special thanks: Hidde Elsinga, Shanika Barker, Circus Zambia


Genre: Poetic Narrative / Documentary
Country: Zambia
Language: English
Length in minutes: 5:08
YEAR: 2021