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School Bd/College/University DVD: $395


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 72 mins
Country of Origin: US
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Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: No

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day.
Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs.
La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.  

"Quietly moving...is as modest and farsighted as its cast of Guatemalans who make a living resurrecting discarded American school buses...La Camioneta is not a graphic exposé of the horrors born of desperate poverty. It is an upbeat story of resilience, regeneration and artistic imagination. For all the perils they face, the Guatemalan drivers, dealers and mechanics are able to make a living from American refuse and in the process turn the buses into mobile works of folk art."  - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

DVD includes the 72 minute version and an edited 52 minute version.

CINE Golden Eagle Award
David L. Wolper Award, International Documentary Association
Critics' Pick, New York Times
Indiewire's List of "Top Docs of 2013"
Best Hispanic Film, Nashville Film Festival
Best Documentary, CineSol Film Festival
Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary, Nashville Film Festival
Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary, New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema

Links: The film's website.

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