Director Aaron Schock
Genre Documentary
Runtime 75 minutes
Supplier Hecho A Mano Films
Festivals/Awards Best Documentary Award - Hamptons International Film Festival 2010
Release Date In theatres on May 20, 2011


Tino Ponce operates Circo Mexico, which journeys across the Mexican countryside in search of paying customers. Wanting to please his father and continue the family business, Ponce has recruited his young children as performers while laboring night and day to maintain the circus's faltering financial fortunes. But a growing resentment brewing within his wife about their hardscrabble existence suggests troubles on the horizon. While documenting the brutal regimen of circus life, Circo also peels back the curtain on the Ponce family's inner dynamics, revealing generational divides and money worries that threaten to tear apart a marriage. Buttressed by indie-rock band Calexico's evocative score, Schock's film observes this family drama with a sympathetic but clear-eyed view of a vanishing way of life. And because Circo refuses to be sentimental in its handling of the material, the story's twists become all the more poignant.

Best Documentary Award - Hamptons International Film Festival 2010

Official Film Site


Press & Articles

“'Circo': one of the greatest shows on a real bare-bones circus family” - The Seattle Times

“Critics' Pick: 'Circo'; Big Top as Family Business” - The New York Times

“'Circo' Review” - Los Angeles Times

“Respecting the Big-Top Grind in Circo” - The Village Voice

“'Circo' Review” - Slant Magazine

“Mexican doc 'Circo' moving” - Sun Media

“''Circo': The hard life under a Mexican big top ” - The Globe and Mail

“Circo: All in the circus family ****” - The Toronto Star

“'Circo' Review” - LA Weekly

“'Circo': The Trials of an Itinerant Mexican Circus ” - Huffington Post

“‘Circo’ a vivid look at a circus family's life” - The San Francisco Examiner

“'Circo': Gran Circo Mexico” - The Boston Phoenix

“Intimate story of Mexican circus people rings true” - San Francisco Chronicle

“'Circo' Family Circus: NNNN” - NOW Magazine

“The greatest show in rural Mexico: ‘Circo’ follows a long-running circus family” - The Boston Globe

“'Circo' Review” - Film Threat

“'Circo' Review” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Director Aaron Schock Delves Deep Into the Heart of Mexico in 'Circo'” - Indiewire


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