Love makes you do crazy things. Like riding a bike in a globe of death every day.
Manoj Kumar is one of the last performers of the dangerous circus act called the ‘Globe of Death’ at the Great Golden Circus. When he was just one of the manual labourers at the circus, he fell hopelessly in love with Mikal, one of the stuntwomen. To earn her love in return, he decided to train and become the best motorcycle stuntman at the Great Golden Circus.
101 Traces looks at the last of anything: ethnic communities, folk craftsmen, disappearing trades, forgotten people. It sketches portraits of these unique individuals, locked in a battle they cannot win: a battle against the future. Together, they represent the dying whispers of ancient heritage and traditional individuality. As India moves towards homogenized global pop culture, 101 Traces honors the people, the objects, and the skills that connect us to our ancient identity.