La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World)
La espalda del mundo (The Back of the World) (2002)

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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 2002
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Megan Turner
New York Post

An unflinching look at the world's dispossessed.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Without preaching, pretension or ingenuousness, this documentary depicts the very real darkness of lives beyond nightly TV News or self-congratulatory Special Projects.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

What saves this deeply affecting film from being merely a collection of wrenching cases is Corcuera's attention to detail.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

The misery of these people becomes just another voyeuristic spectacle, to be consumed and forgotten.

Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

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.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

La Espalda del Mundo. It's an evocative title that reinforces the second-class citizenship of director Javier Corcuera's documentary subjects.

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