Filmfest 2011

The Ponce family's hardscrabble circus has lived and performed on the back roads of Mexico since the 19th century. But can their way of life survive into the 21st century? Against the backdrop of Mexico’s collapsing rural economy, the ringmaster must choose between his family tradition and a wife who wants a better life for their family outside the circus. Hecho a Mano Films Gilliam-esque whimsy meets the evening redness of Peckinpah’s West in a dusky gem of a documentary that charts a critical period in the life of the family run Circo Mexico – a second-tier circus struggling to stay afloat. A gem of a documentary... crisply shot, emotionally frank, and genuinely moving. Adam Lee Davies, Time Out London

tags: Documentary


Director: Aaron Schock