Foreign Film: La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

10/13/2013, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

$8/$6 Brooks members and students with valid i.d./Free with VIP Film Pass map



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, yet hazardous journey from rural Pennsylvania to Central America: 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.

Stephen Holden, film critic for the New York Times, declares that La Camioneta is “not a graphic exposé of the horrors born of desperate poverty,” but rather “an upbeat story of resilience, regeneration and artistic imagination. For all the perils they face, the Guatemalan drivers, dealers and mechanics are able to make a living from American refuse and in the process turn the buses into mobile works of folk art.” As Holden writes, “a philosophical voice-over by Luis Aguilar, a frequent passenger, lends the film a cosmic perspective. ‘When you die, your body dies, but your being doesn’t die,’ he says. ‘Your being, your energy lives on inside of everyone. It’s the same for a bus, isn’t it? For me, life is a journey. Everything carries you along.’” Presented in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Director: Mark Kendall | USA and Guatemala | 2013 | 72 minutes
Spanish and English with subtitles 

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