There are other kids, too. One ten year old boy was found by authorities after he was abandoned in the desert by his 'coyote' because he couldn't keep pace with the others being smuggled into the land of their dreams.
Authorities interviewed in the film tell that they find bodies of children in the desert, or floating in the river. Of the thousands of Latin Americans who try to cross the Mexican/US border illegally each year, about five percent are children who are traveling alone. They are absolutely defenseless. They are all at risk.
Exceptionally Effective Filmmaking
But the film isn't about flashy camera work. Cammisa gets these kids to tell their stories in a candid, uncensored way that is, frankly, harrowing. Kevin's mom can't feed him and his siblings. Lito's mom has a new husband who doesn't support him. And, ultimately, both boys hope that when they get to the US, someone will adopt them. But, for the time being, they're begging for soup.
In the end, Camissa doesn't suggest solutions. She actually leaves the story -- and the issues -- unresolved. The credits roll and the screen goes dark, but the real life stories -- and the issues -- continue on. It is very likely that after seeing Which Way Home, you will want to do something to help these kids or others like them, or to challenge the status on third world poverty, illegal immigration and child labor. If that's the case, Which Way Home will steer you in the right direction. Just check the Which Way Home website to connect with ways to help.
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- Which Way Home
- Director: Rebecca Cammisa
- Release Date: January 31, 2009 (limited)
- Running Time: 90 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: USA
- Locations: Guatamela, Mexico, USA
- Language: English and Spanish (with subtitles)
- Production Company: Documentress Films, HBO Documentaries