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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013)

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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. (c) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

It's well worth seeing.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

What makes "La Camioneta" so interesting is not so much the story that it tells as it is the way that Kendall has chosen to tell it.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This sense of childlike wonder, and the respect accorded everyone involved in prolonging the bus's usefulness, are all the more impressive given that Kendall concludes with a sobering assessment of widespread civilian violence in Central America.

October 31, 2013 | Full Review…

The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame.

August 1, 2013 | Full Review…

An unexpected and fascinating aspect of migration in the Americas, viewed in intimate close-up.

August 1, 2013 | Full Review…

As modest and farsighted as its cast of Guatemalans who make a living resurrecting discarded American school buses.

May 30, 2013 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

'La Camioneta'. An eye-opening look into the violent, high stakes life of a bus driver in Guatemala, which is so jarringly far-flung from what you'd expect. Surprisingly philosophical too!

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