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  • Summary: 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 journey: 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. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 30, 2013
    100
    Mark Kendall’s quietly moving documentary, La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, is as modest and farsighted as its cast of Guatemalans who make a living resurrecting discarded American school buses.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    May 28, 2013
    100
    The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame. Kendall’s eye for untold stories, as well as his instinct for catching evocatively framed images on the fly, mark him as a name to watch.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 4, 2013
    88
    Documentary filmmakers can make any number of rookie mistakes with their first features. Casting too wide a net is one of the most common. "La Camioneta" avoids that pothole, beautifully.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 6, 2013
    80
    La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus is just what the title indicates — and that turns out be an intimate and vivid report on a surprising connection between North and Central America.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Nov 1, 2013
    75
    What makes La Camioneta so interesting is not so much the story that it tells as it is the way that Kendall has chosen to tell it.
  6. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 30, 2013
    75
    The documentary is committed not to some pseudo-factual documentary tradition, but to a more engaging realist poesis.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 28, 2013
    60
    This is powerful reportage, beautifully shot and gracefully laid out; too bad that Kendall ties it all up with more deep thoughts from the bus itself, thoughts that sound like outtakes from a TED Talk on the interconnectedness of all living things.

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