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A film by Aaron Schock

75 minutes, color, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 2011



Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico and set to the music of the indie-rock band Calexico, Circo follows the Ponce family’s hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together.

Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents’ circus to success and corrals the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards this singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change. Feeling exploited by her in-laws, she longs to return to her kids a childhood lost to laboring in the circus.

Circo reveals the luminous world of a traveling family circus while the fate of this century-old family tradition hangs in the balance.

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"Ravishing." - Huffington Post

" A gem of a documentary." - Time Out London

"Riveting... Filled with beautiful images and haunting moments." - The Village Voice

"An extraordinary visual document of an eroding world." - Boston Phoenix

" Surely the best movie ever made about a one-ring circus... akin to Fellini’s La Strada." - San Diego Reader


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Circo soundtrack by Calexico

Los Angeles Film Festival: Video Interview With Director Aaron Schock, Huffington Post, 6/29/10

Interview: Director Aaron Schock Delves Deep Into the Heart of Mexico in “Circo”, IndieWIRE, 3/28/11

Clowning Around: The Circus of Life - Video Interview with Aaron Schock, Huffington Post, 4/15/11

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Disc Features

●  Director Aaron Schock on the making of Circo
●  Follow-up: The Ponces now
●  Calexico on the making of the Circo score
●  5.1 Audio Option

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