La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World)

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This documentary looks at "the back of the world": small children working as quarrymen in Peru, Kurdish political refugees from Turkey, and families and inmates awaiting the end on Mississippi's Death Row.


Critic Reviews for La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

  • An unflinching look at the world's dispossessed.

    Jun 27, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • What saves this deeply affecting film from being merely a collection of wrenching cases is Corcuera's attention to detail.

    May 24, 2002 | Full Review…
  • The misery of these people becomes just another voyeuristic spectacle, to be consumed and forgotten.

    May 24, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
  • Without preaching, pretension or ingenuousness, this documentary depicts the very real darkness of lives beyond nightly TV News or self-congratulatory Special Projects.

    Aug 22, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Peruvian born Corcuera takes viewers on a journey to the 'back of the world,' where the voiceless outcast and poor on the planet are given the stage to speak.

    Jun 1, 2002
  • But the power of these [subjects] is obscured by the majority of the film that shows a stationary camera on a subject that could be mistaken for giving a public oration, rather than contributing to a film's narrative.

    May 27, 2002 | Rating: 73/100 | Full Review…

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