Circo

Living and performing on the road since the 19th century, the Ponce family circus struggles to preserve their art and way of life.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 3, 2012
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2010 Hamptons International Film Festival -Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary
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    2010 Camden International Film Festival-Special Jury Mention
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    2011 Festival De Malaga-Best Documentary
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    2011 Toulouse Film Festival-Prix Lyceen de Documentaire
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    2011 Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara-Special Jury Mention
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    2012 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
  • Producer/Director

    Aaron Schock

    Aaron holds an advanced degree from Columbia University and worked for many years in community development in the South Bronx. A couple of years ago he applied his skill in documentary photography towards his first film, Song of Roosevelt Ave., a study of Hispanic immigrants who make their living in the informal economy in Queens, NY. Like many noble first Show more film efforts, it played around the international film festival circuit. Circo is his second film. Show less

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    The Film

    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? Circo intimately portrays the Ponce family circus as it struggles to make a living off its artistry, sweat, and wit against the backdrop of Mexico's collapsing rural economy.

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