Which Way Home

Short-listed for an Oscar, Which Way Home, airing Sunday, Jan. 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network, offers a captivating look at Latin American children who brave the risk of travelling alone through Central America in their desperation to find a better life inside the U.S.

Each year, five per cent of the thousands of Latin Americans who try to illegally migrate into the U.S. are children travelling alone. Which Way Home follows several of them as they travel north through Mexico on a freight train called “The Beast”.

Viewers hear from some of the kids making the risky trip, some as young as nine years old. 
Fito is a 13-year-old Honduran, seeking work in the U.S. and hopes to be adopted. His mother abandoned him when he was very young and he lived with his impoverished grandmother who makes cigars for a living. Jose is a nine-year-old Salvadoran who lived with his aunt and has not seen his mother in three years since she left to work in the States. Hoping to reunite with her, he travels through Mexico on a bus with a smuggler. When Mexican immigration officials boarded the bus, the smuggler abandoned Jose, who was taken to a detention centre.
An official selection at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, Which Way Home tackles the ongoing debate on immigration reform in the United States through the eyes of these children.

Which Way Home is directed and produced by Rebecca Cammisa.

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