Directed by Aaron Schock
This is a simple film about a mexican Circus family and their struggle to persist as they travel across Mexico. It isn’t just the compelling story of the family that you get to watch but also an opportunity to see a Mexico apart from images we are more familiar with through television and advertising. The Circus travels a circuit of small towns and villages exposing the viewer to life in Mexico outside of the resort and away from the border. This thin slice of Mexican culture you get to see isn’t diluted with tequila shooters and all you can eat breakfast buffets or buried under the violence of drug and human trafficking.
Having grown up near the border I am somewhat familiar with the stark division in wealth between the two countries, but bearing witness (albeit a framed and edited witness) was an eye opening experience for me. The things that we take for granted in this country are many and more. It is worth noting.