For the Ponce family of Mexico, however, running their traveling circus is far from a lighthearted affair. Ringmaster and paterfamilias Tino Ponce has struggled for decades to keep his family's business -- which has been traveling Mexico's countryside since the 19th century -- alive and thriving amidst dwindling crowds, mountainous debt, and nonstop cajoling from his wife Ivonne to pull his four children from the show.
This high-stakes drama was captured by filmmaker Aaron Schock for his 2010 documentary Circo, showing through July 6 at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Acclaimed Tucson alt-folk band Calexico provides the soundtrack for the heart-wrenching and critically acclaimed documentary.
Thu., June 23, 8:30 & 10 p.m.; Fri., June 24, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., June 25, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 5 p.m.; Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.; Wed., June 29, 8:30 p.m.; Thu., June 30, 7 p.m.; Sat., July 2, 5 p.m.; Sun., July 3, 7 p.m.; Mon., July 4, 8 p.m.; Wed., July 6, 7 p.m., 2011