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.
Producer: Jamie Sisley
Production Company: Kola Pictures; Independent Television Service (ITVS
Production Year: 2016
Copyright Year: 2016
Director: Jamie Sisley, Miguel Martinez
Writers: Jamie Sisley , Miguel Martinez
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 minutes
Number of Episodes: 1
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen