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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

  NR HD

Mark Kendall

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Plot Summary

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.

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  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As modest and farsighted as its cast of Guatemalans who make a living resurrecting discarded American school buses. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, May 30, 2013

Fresh: The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Aug 1, 2013

Fresh: An unexpected and fascinating aspect of migration in the Americas, viewed in intimate close-up. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 1, 2013

Fresh: This is powerful reportage, beautifully shot and gracefully laid out; too bad that Kendall ties it all up with more deep thoughts from the bus itself... – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Aug 5, 2013

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Customer Reviews

One of the best docs of the year

What starts off as an interesting premise, slowly evolves into a subtle and fascinating look into a particular type of creativity. One of the best documentaries of the last year.

La Camioneta

La Camioneta es una brillante documental que nos recuerda que detrás del dolor y de la macabra violencia que afectan a la mayoría de ciudades mesoamericanas hoy día, hay historias de supervivencia que contar. Y un sistema económico transnacional e interdependiente, excluyente.

Sin ser excesivamente gráfica, La Camioneta nos invita a abordar un tema emblemático como lo es la violencia selectiva contra los “choferes” de buses en Guatemala, desde otro ángulo. Desde la perspectiva de quienes a pesar de los riesgos del oficio, no les queda otra que ser actores centrales del motor informal de la economía del transporte público de Guatemala, y otros países de la región.

Paso a paso, después de ser un vehículo chatarra, La Camioneta llega a transformarse en un escenario rodante en el que convergen múltiples vidas en una cadena social compleja y convulsionada.

A vuelta de rueda, la trama de este film se desarrolla con cadencia y proyección constante, sin apresurarse, recogiendo muy bien aquella mezcla de paciencia y ansiedad a la que cualquiera que halla viajado en bus largas distancias, ha sentido alguna vez.

Sin duda, subirse a esta “camioneta virtual” es reflexionar sobre aquello que nos une de norte a sur, y, sobre lo que nos separa. Una película entretenida y con un contenido social extraordinario que definitivamente ya forma parte de mi colección.

Very Good Interesting And Real Life In North América !!!

This Is The Real Life Of The People Who Came From Of South América And Anothers Places Very Good Documental Of The Problems We Has Have And The Nation Don't Knot Or Ignore To Knot, Thank You Very Much To The Director For Show This Reallite.

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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