Which Way Home by Rebecca Cammisa, is a documentary that follows a group of children, between the ages 9 and 17. The children in the film are from Central America and are attempting to cross the Mexican border into America. The film demonstrates the struggling lives that these children have in their native country, which is why they decided to migrate. On the journey to America, they find out all the other dangers and different struggles they have to face, questioning their decision of migrating. The documentary talks about the increased amounts of children migrating alone to the United States. Under the program, Unaccompanied Child Immigrants, border patrol apprehends about 100,000 children trying to enter the US each year and many of those children, sadly, are found dead. Children found either around or on the US-Mexican border, are either taken by American or Mexican patrol officers. Those apprehended are then sent to either an American shelter or a Mexican shelter to await deportation.
The documentary focuses on two particular children, Kevin a 14 year old and Fito a 13 year old. Both are migrating from Honduras which is were the majority of unaccompanied children come from. These children have to travel 1, 450 miles, alone, just to get to the GuatemalanMexican border. Once in Mexico, these children have to travel for months, even a year to reach the American-Mexican border.
Watching Kevin and Fito, travel so many miles alone as they shared their family hardship and their reasons for migrating, it displayed an example of Migration Pathways. Under the migration pathways we studied the many reasons why people decide to migrate and under what conditions they do so. Living in poverty, Kevin and Fito both wanted to migrate to obtain better economic and labor opportunities, an example of push and pull factors. Their goal was to reach
the United States to find jobs to help
References: Cammisa, R. (Produces) & Cammisa, R. (Director). (2009). Which way Home [HBO Films]. (Available from Mr. Mudd Productions)