Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Journey of an Old School Bus




If you have ever traveled in Guatemala you have no doubt seen the colorful “pimped” old school buses that will take you to the most remote corners of the country. Now there’s an interesting documentary on how those old school busses make it down, all the way from the US to Guatemala, and why they are as colorful as they are.

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.

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