Which Way Home

2009

Documentary

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 1115

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Reviewed by B24 10 / 10

Superb Documentary

Objectivity is hard to come by as one watches this film about children wandering away from homes that cannot sustain their basic needs. The knowledge that none of it is fictional or manipulated for any effect other than that of cinematic value heightens the viewer's deep involvement with the children themselves. Nothing seems artificial. The story is spontaneous, dictated by real events rather than "directed."

Of course there will be critics who lurk behind the camera's eye, as it were, finding fault with presumed motives and attaching political meanings to what they wish beforehand to find in the facts of this film's production. It takes a hard heart, however, to dismiss the simple premise that children ought not to be confronted with the perils of an adult world without the stabilizing presence and guidance of someone -- anyone -- able and willing to step in and help.

Think of it this way: If these children were from any place other than Mexico or Central America, would that premise be easier to accept? What if they were French, English, German, or American kids riding freight trains together with all manner of adult men of the most desperate kind?

It is not my intention to construct a straw man, but I find it reprehensible to hear as I so often do living on the Mexican border ignorant opinions chastising foreign people and governments for creating as it were the conditions that put children in such peril. The point should be to find ways of alleviating the suffering and preventing the deaths rather than creating draconian laws and policing borders. There are ways to do it without continuing to put up with the conditions we see in this film.

It is withal a beautifully constructed piece of cinema, a real must see.

Reviewed by patiu1964 10 / 10

Outstanding documentary work

First, this film does not get into the pro- and anti-illegal immigrant debate. It simply chronicles the journey of several children (most from Central America) riding the "Beast," a Mexican train that runs north of the border with Guatemala. Many people looking to enter the US illegally will board the train (riding on top, many fall off and are crushed to death) to make the treacherous and often deadly trip. The children are from 9 to 17 years old and are either looking to reunite with family in the US, or seeking a better life away from extreme poverty in their home countries. It's difficult to imagine that anyone can watch this and not feel heartbroken - these are children, some of whom have been abandoned and have no idea the danger they face in their quest for a new life. During their trip, the kids witness two people falling off the train and getting crushed, they are robbed, caught by immigration authorities in Mexico and deported back home, and one witnesses two women being repeatedly raped in a boxcar. This documentary is very well done, and is an example of some of the best unbiased film-making of a difficult subject I have ever seen. It is definitely worth watching - a shot of realism that made me more grateful than ever that I was born in America and have it very good.

Reviewed by jjturley 10 / 10

A tragic children's story

This documentary is very well put together. It is about several Central American children (ages 8 to 14) who are heading to the United States. They are alone, unsupervised, and riding illegally (and at great risk) on the tops of trains.

They all have different stories. They come from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, or Mexico. They are hoping to reunite with other family members up north, or they are running away from bad homes. Some were simply abandoned. Others were loved, and are eager to send money back home as soon as they find employment.

The documentary follows the children and hears their stories as they migrate from town to town in Mexico, gradually heading north. Such a journey might take days or weeks. Interestingly, crossing the border into the USA is the least of their worries; they are more concerned with the hazards of the Arizona desert. And so they should be, because part of the story covers those children returned in coffins after they were found dead.

I am really glad I saw this, but it is heartbreaking. It is unbelievable to imagine an eight-year-old child going hundreds of miles alone and having to beg for food... then considering crossing the desert! Tragically, such stories are likely to continue, since the policies of Mexico and the United States are not changing.

This documentary is not political, and does not address anything about how to handle the problem with immigration. It is merely a compelling collection of stories of children traveling alone.

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