The American carnival industry’s labor struggles are showcased by a carnival owner, a labor recruiter, and two workers from Tlapacoyan, Mexico.
Living and performing on the road since the 19th century, the Ponce family circus struggles to preserve their art and way of life.
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
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.