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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 co... read more read more...urage 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, 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. --© Official Site

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Unrated, 1 hr. 22 min.

Directed by: Rebecca Cammisa

Release Date: January 31, 2009

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DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011


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  • December 24, 2013
    A documentary which shows the other side of the cross-border immigration. Unlike most other documentaries, this movie is produced from the other side of the fence. "Which Way Home" could raise awareness to the average Americans that behind all the immigration debate, there are mi... read morellions out there who are trying to get a chance at a better life.
  • April 12, 2013
    I just finish seen this documentery with my kids.we strogle and is not easy to have sometimes what we need or like me been a single mother..but looking at this it brake my heart for those kids specialy it make me a little mad because if not only I could give my kids a better life... read more but to have to help kids 16 year old daugther was just quiet and got little surprice wen there were not only boys but there were a little girl goin to tha dengerous son 10 yr he was asking alot of question they dont speak spanish even tha we are boy of 15 yr he say it so sad to see kids doing tha.hungry,dying alone and my son is asperger/autism. but yea with pray for them and I thanks those people who help them in away and for the camara crew and all who make this posible to see this..
  • March 11, 2011
    Amazing and inspiring movie- one of the most powerful movies that I have ever seen. I can't believe that The Cove beat this movie for the Best Documentary Oscar. The child subjects of this film are amazingly courageous and tenacious. The problems that they have to go through... read more are heart wrenching. To top it off, the filmmakers made this movie on top of a moving train. The filmmakers didn't use a lot of fancy voiceovers or narration- the children speak for themselves and for the most part tell their own stories.
  • February 13, 2011
    As a Mother, this documentary was very hard to watch. My heart goes out to all of the children. I was shocked that this was happening on our planet. We spend so much money on war. When will we put the children of this planet first? They are our future. I am amazed at the bravery ... read moreof the children. I can only hope this documentary brings about an awareness that helps this situation.
  • September 8, 2009
    Fantastic movie about the trails and tribulations that South Americans go through in order to make it to the United States. The film follows a few young children ages 9-13 on a journey where they have to undergo so many obstacles only to end up back were they started. The search ... read morefor a better life never meant so much.

Critic Reviews

Reed Johnson
February 2, 2010
Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times

Without resorting to any background narration, Which Way Home raises questions about cross-border immigration policies and the macro-economic causes that propel people from struggling countries to str... Full Review

February 2, 2010
New York Magazine/Vulture

Despite the subject matter -- terrified children, many who haven't seen their families in years -- Cammisa never gets sentimental, and instead lets those closest to the subject do the talking. Full Review

Ronnie Scheib
February 2, 2010
Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Dramatically and pictorially pulls its weight. Full Review

Ed M. Koziarski
February 2, 2010
Ed M. Koziarski, Chicago Reader

Foregrounds the idealistic vulnerability of the boys at its center, risking everything for a better life they can barely imagine. Full Review

Jennifer Merin
February 7, 2010
Jennifer Merin,

Investigates illegal immigration and child labor in a very human way. We ride freight trains with teenagers trying to get to the US for a better life. Exceptionally effective verite filmmaking from Re... Full Review

Cynthia Fuchs
February 2, 2010
Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

Even without illustration or allusive images, the children's own descriptions are harrowing. Full Review

Erik Davis
February 2, 2010
Erik Davis, Cinematical

A riveting documentary that taps into the same concept and themes of Sin Nombre, except it's all real and it's all heartbreaking to watch. Full Review

Alissa Simon
March 22, 2012
Alissa Simon, Variety

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