La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World)
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La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World)
This documentary looks at "the back of the world": small children working as quarrymen in Peru, Kurdish political refugees from Turkey, and families and inmates awaiting the end on Mississippi's Death Row.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An unflinching look at the world's dispossessed."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"Without preaching, pretension or ingenuousness, this documentary depicts the very real darkness of lives beyond nightly TV News or self-congratulatory Special Projects."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"An extraordinary documentary that poignantly engages our sense of justice and spurs us on to a fresh sense of our unity with all suffering people."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"What saves this deeply affecting film from being merely a collection of wrenching cases is Corcuera's attention to detail."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"Peruvian born Corcuera takes viewers on a journey to the 'back of the world,' where the voiceless outcast and poor on the planet are given the stage to speak."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"What the film lacks in general focus it makes up for in compassion, as Corcuera manages to find the seeds of hope in the form of collective action."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The misery of these people becomes just another voyeuristic spectacle, to be consumed and forgotten."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"But the power of these [subjects] is obscured by the majority of the film that shows a stationary camera on a subject that could be mistaken for giving a public oration, rather than contributing to a film's narrative."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"La Espalda del Mundo. It's an evocative title that reinforces the second-class citizenship of director Javier Corcuera's documentary subjects."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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