These three boys and the other children on the top of the freight train, tell Rebecca Cammisa about their life in their hometown and the things they have experienced (Kung). The location of the documentary is Central American and America, where the journey is taking place, to the U.S. border. The freight train on which the children are travelling is known as “la bestia”, which means the beast. It is known as “la bestia” because many children have lost their lives travelling on a freight train, and many have lost their lives residing in the desert, with no food and water.
The documentary is all about the hardships faced by the children and how they reach the U.S. border; it has been produced and the directed by Rebecca Cammisa; the executive producers include Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith, Jack Turner, Bristol Baughan and Better Cerf Hill. The production company of this documentary is Mr. Mudd and it was distributed by HBO Films; the documentary was made in 2006 but release in 2009. The documentary holds significance because immigration is an issue, which has been seen from different perspectives, like how illegal immigrants impact the security and economy of the USA.
This documentary looks at immigration in a different way, as it tells about the difficult conditions through which children emigrate from Mexico to the USA; some of these children are sent by their parents, because they can no longer feed or support their children in any way. Most of the children run away from home, looking for a better life in the USA, because no one cares about them at home and they have to bear different types of abuse.
Mexico is a place where drug dealing and violence is quite common, and these children have a dream to go to the USA and find peace and a better lifestyle, where they won’t be at the hands of criminal predators.
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