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Which Way Home [Blu-ray]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin, Fito
  • Directors: Rebecca Cammisa
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Studio: HBO Documentary
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036TGSUI
  • Learn more about "Which Way Home [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 4, 2011
Format: DVD
A surprisingly effective and affecting documentary about children trying to migrate to the United States, "Which Way Home" tells a harrowing story of hope and disappointment. With four Emmy nominations and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature, I'm perplexed more people haven't commented on this powerful illustration of human perseverance. The film highlights a world in which Central American immigrants ride dangerous freight trains across Mexico for a chance of a new life in American. A significant proportion of these individuals are unaccompanied minors and "Which Way Home" is primarily focused on humanizing a few of the kids on this trek. At times humorous, but largely heartbreaking, they cross the country with an idealized portrait of what to expect--but very few will ever reach their destination safely and those that do may not find the independence, security and wealth that they are seeking.

The film crew has all access and rides the rails with our protagonists. We see every different aspect and result of the journey within "Which Way Home," and this completeness to the story really distinguishes the film. There is a boy who barely survived a desert crossing to live with his grandmother in America. There is a boy who crosses the border to get detained in Houston at a juvenile center before his deportation. There are kids that are caught by Mexican immigration and sent home. There are kids who disappear completely. And there are kids who don't survive the journey. If it sounds unpleasant, it certainly can be! The resilience and hopefulness never seems to fade, however, even in the direst of circumstances.
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With immigration a major issue for the States, it is often easy to take a position and argue one's beliefs and feel comfortable with those beliefs. This film makes one realize, whatever our position, there is a human element to the
story, much greater than we ever thought possible. Several months ago I saw the movie Sin Nombre and was astounded at what many of the immigrants had endured in attempting to come to this country, even though it was fictional. After that, I accidentally learned that one of my female students had come from Ecuador and traveled for two months, alone, to get here. She has no relatives in the country and is basically alone. Fortunately, she is an adult and attends night school to get her high school education.
As I was watching this documentary I felt I was watching Sin Nombre as many of the scenes and actions were identical. This film is an eye opener and I recommend it to everyone interested in the immigration issue.
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This is an amazing documentary. I showed this film to my Spanish classes last year and they loved it. The students were amazed at just how brave the boys and girls are for leaving their home and traveling to the United States via train...alone! This is a must have for all Spanish teachers or History teachers to focus on the issue of immigration for children. John Malkovich has done a wonderful job with this film.
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Setting aside (for a moment) the personal feelings i have regarding people of other nations trying to come illegally to our country , i would unreservedly suggest you see this documentary . The stories , hardships and so forth of these childen and their families , i would not wish on anyone . I was aware this sort of activity occured (not quite at these ages though) . Because i love my country and fear for its economic well being , i do believe we can't let human beings come to it illegally . Watching the stories of both the young and old is what i would call required viewing though . If for no other reasons , so that we (as a people) neither live in a blissful state of denial nor think the provenance of suffering is unique to us . Absolutely heartbreaking and truly informative .
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I had watched this video several years ago on cable. Searched for it and found here. Although quality is that of a documentary and visual quality is basic, the message and topic is one that people need to see.
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This documentary brings home the danger and trauma experienced by anyone trying to get to America to better their lives. It should be illegal to have laws that prevent these poor, starving children from entering America's borders. Unless we are a Native America all of our ancestors got here through immigration. It is disgraceful that certain countries have to wait 15 or more years to get permission to enter America and people in other countries can apply and get a visa in a short time and come on over.
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This is a heartbreaking documentary. It is real. It is not a film that preaches for or against immigration - it simply shows who comes, what they do to get to the USA, and what they left behind. I appreciate that they tried to follow up with the kids they shadowed in the film.
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Amazing documentary. I am from Honduras and I feel so blessed to be in this country and I did not have to experience the dangers these children face. My mom actually knows some of the children and their parents in this documentary. It is important that we open our eyes to what is going on around the word and the dangers children face today.
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