Wetback Documentary Analysis

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The long and hard road to the American Dream.

Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary is a 2005 Canadian documentary movie, made with the contribution by the Canada Council for the Arts and written and directed by Arturo Perez Torres. The filmmaker follows several migrants like Nayo and Milton, from Chinandega, Nicaragua, all along the crossing through Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and United States in their attempt to reach Canada. Along the way, he meets other migrants while they are held by Mexican authorities. Catholic human rights workers in Chiapas also submit their perspectives, especially about the exploitation of migrants by groups like Mara Salvatrucha.It also features interviews with U.S. Border Patrol agents and Arizona Minuteman Project organizer Chris Simcox. These are just few of thousands of stories of immigration that could be told. Thousand of migrants every year die trying to reach the American dream. Some drowned in crossing the Rio Grande, some for dehydration, hypothermia or attacks by wild animals in the Valley of Death. The film highlights the problems that these people have to struggle. Problems like unemployment, poverty, malnutrition and lack of opportunities in several Central American countries pushing many people to consider emigration as the only viable option. The observation of the long road that leads to the border with the United States makes clear that this boundary is just the latest in a series of obstacles that these people choose to face in order to move from despair. On the road, many will be robbed, injured, assaulted, raped and murdered. Some will be returned; some do succeed in entering the United States only to be treated with contempt and hostility. There are trains of death to which people hung themselves, hundreds of them, to get a free ride to north. Many are so exhausted that they fell and are sucked under the train. They lost limbs and are, therefore, unable to return home for the family who they...
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