La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's well worth seeing."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"An unexpected and fascinating aspect of migration in the Americas, viewed in intimate close-up."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant. It's like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"La Camioneta wrings an extraordinary amount of humanity and geopolitical insight from its subject."
‑ Scott Wold, Paste Magazine
"The film retains an upbeat tone, spending time with the families of those who repair and decorate the buses, and those who operate them."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"This sense of childlike wonder, and the respect accorded everyone involved in prolonging the bus's usefulness, are all the more impressive given that Kendall concludes with a sobering assessment of widespread civilian violence in Central America."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"La Camioneta is a poetic, even dreamy, film that ultimately conveys the mystical sense of a transmigrated (mechanical) soul."
‑ J. Hoberman,
""La Camioneta" is a fascinating tale of determined individuals, and witnessing the transformation of the familiar into something new and useful is inspiring."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"While The Counselor focused on the hopeless darkness, Mark Kendall finds the humanity that keeps the lights on while fully aware of what could await them down the road."
‑ Erik Childress,
"A lyrical probing of a culture precariously balanced between past and future, making do in the present by renovating American hand-me-downs."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"As modest and farsighted as its cast of Guatemalans who make a living resurrecting discarded American school buses."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"I's well worth flagging down."
‑ Guy Lodge, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"A short and easygoing film, this is a great movie to take in before dinner and one you should see when it comes to your local art house. Do not miss this bus."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
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