Which Way Home Reviews
Heartfelt and magnificent, this film illustrates the demanding journey north in the most honest way I've ever seen.
Documentary covers the (almost) failed attempt by children from Mexico or Latin America to reach United States on top of a freight train that crosses Mexico known as "La Bestia" (The Beast). The documentary shows the worst aftermaths of such decisions resulting in wandering into lethal desert, chopping in several pieces due to fall off the train.
I wasn't surprised to see children on top of train; for we have ourselves seen children traveling atop the train from Larkano (Sindh, Pakistan) to mausoleum of centuries old pious saint "Lal Shahbaz Qaladar (Red Shahbaz Qalandar)" in Sewan (Sindh, Pakistan - visited by people from India, Afghanistan, Iran, Germany, US etc). They risk sitting on piston of moving train (yes horrible incidents seldom occur). of course for those who are neighbor of developed country like the US, people from mere countries like Honduras and Mexico etc would often attempt to reach (if there ever was train between the China and Pakistan, people would be conducting the same tread - on recent visit to Pakistan by Chinese premier the launch of train-network has been proposed between China and Pakistani port city Karachi).
Documentary contains nothing except the stories of ordinary children, who matter not even their own families or the state or the child-care institutes or the audience such as myself. Child-care institutes just for the names only, parenting which is typical of rural Mexico or any other country from South America.
The documentary can be informational to people who are unknown to struggle of the people to reach the US; but we already know the myth and efforts.