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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 83 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: No

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, WHICH WAY HOME shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States.

The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call " The Beast."

Director Rebecca Cammisa ("Sister Helen") tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, fleeing an abusive stepfather, and whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family.

These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the ones you never hear about - the invisible ones.

In Spanish with English sub-titles.

There are three versions of this program on the same DVD:
  • two versions in Spanish with English subtitles -- the 83-minute original version and a new 63-minute version
  • plus the 83-minute version in Spanish.

Note: Contains scenes with children smoking.

Awards:
  • Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards®
  • Best International Television Program, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards
  • Best Documentary Nominee, Film Independent Spirit Awards
  • UNICEF Prize, Havana International Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Documentary Feature, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize for Human Rights, Traverse City Film Festival
Screened At:
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
  • International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary Film Festival
  • One World International Film Festival, Prague
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Documenta Madrid
  • International Human Rights Film Festival, Mexico City
  • Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton
  • UNICEF 's Convention on Rights of the Child Film Festival, Amman


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