Playing July 7 & 8, 2011
Dir. Aaron Schock Mexico/ US 2010
This fascinating documentary intimately introduces us to the Ponce family, whose hardscrabble circus has lived and performed on the back roads of Mexico since the 19th century. The family is constantly on the move, performing for small crowds for scant pay, only to pack up their animals and tattered equipment to hit the next town. Its a family affair the ringmaster is Tino Ponce and his wife and four young children all work for the show as clowns, jugglers, contortionists, and tightrope walkers. But their way of life is threatened by mounting debts and worries over the future of their kids who have not been able to attend school. Tino must choose between his family tradition and a wife who wants a better life for their family outside the circus. With an evocative score by indie-rock band Calexico, it is an empathetic yet realistic portrait of a vanishing way of life as ingrained cultural traditions confront economic realities. (75m)

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