by Rebecca Cammisa; Sara Bernstein; James Lavino; Mr. Mudd Productions.; HBO Documentary Films.; Documentress Films.; Good and White Buffalo Entertainment.; DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system
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Enrique's Journey - companion film   (2010-03-30)
This is a moving and deeply disturbing documentary about some of the many children who travel alone from Central America, up through Mexico and to the United States, usually to seek their mother or other relative who left in search of income to help raise them back home. These children, as young as nine years old, make their way largely by riding on top of freight trains. It is extremely dangerous and they are victimized by bandits, police, and other travelers. They sometimes are beaten, robbed, raped, killed. The trains will sometimes suck and drag them under, severing limbs or killing them. They eat whatever they can find, and sometimes are given food by kind and generous Mexicans. Sometimes they are detained and sent back to where they came from, only to start out again on the treacherous and difficult journey. These children feel unloved, abandoned, and their only hope is to find their mother whom they remember dimly, but fondly. This film follows a half dozen children ages 9-17, and the filmmakers rode along with them atop the Beast (the deadly train) and interviewed them at various points along the way. Crossing the border into the US is another whole problem.
This film is an excellent adjunct to the nonfiction book, Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario. The story of a Honduran teen who eventually succeeded in reaching his mother in North Carolina, who had left him 11 years earlier in a slum in the Honduran capital. His childhood and teenhood was deprived and sad, he longed for a mother's love, and eventually set out to find it.
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