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Carnivals have a delightful place in the American imagination, with childhood memories of family fun, fantasy, and summer nostalgia. But rising expenses and changes in U.S. labor patterns have caused many employers to find labor outside of U.S. borders. Farewell Ferris Wheel is an inside look at the struggles of an industry trying to stay alive by employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial visa.
Filmed over the span of six years, the film follows a carnival owner, a labor-recruiter, and workers from a small town in Mexico who join the carnival legally on seasonal visas. Farewell Ferris Wheel is an honest on-the-ground portrait of the financial, emotional, and physical challenges they all face.
"In this propaganda age, when some media outlets superimpose their own ideologies on stories... This thoughtful film is a welcome antidote."
"The film is visually glorious." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Powerful and enlightening." - The Washington Times