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Circus Rosaire
Year:  2008
Running Time:  90 minutes
Country:  USA
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon
Cast:  Derrick Rosaire, Sr.; Kay Rosaire; Pamela Rosaire Zoppe; Derrick Rosaire, Jr., Ellian Rosaire, Linda Rosaire, Dallas Rosaire Zoppe, Roger Zoppe, Clayton Rosaire, Derrick Rosaire III, Frederick Rosaire
Director:  Robyn Bliley

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

Traditional circuses might be a dying art, but the members of the Rosaire family are holding the line. Descended from nine generations of circus animal trainers, the Rosaires were born with sawdust in their veins. At the height of their fame, they headlined shows for kings, presidents and legions of fans with their spectacular feats. Today they are struggling to survive in a business that is rapidly disappearing. As declining audiences and fewer gigs begin to add up, the Rosaireʼs livelihood and future are at risk as they attempt to carry on the family tradition.

The Rosaire’s roots are deeply embedded in circus tradition. Their forefathers were court jesters, acrobats and animal trainers who traveled through the villages of Europe captivating audiences with their family side shows and wild animal menageries. However, the circus life of their ancestors is a very different one today. Major declines in audience attendance and increasing, yet legitimate concerns for animal welfare have greatly impacted the Rosaire’s traditional way of life.

When tragedy befalls the family not once but twice, they decide to attempt what they've been unable to do for over 50 years - quit the road and create a family circus on their property in Sarasota, Florida.

Filmed over a five-year period, CIRCUS ROSAIRE is both heartbreaking and hilarious as it takes an intimate, behind the scenes inside this quintessential circus family.

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