La Camioneta


Year: 2012
Run Time: 72 minutes

Like humans, yellow school buses are part of a universe that keeps living after they’re gone. LA CAMIONETA traces the unexpectedly fascinating transformation of one decommissioned American school bus into a glorious work of art. We ride along as the bus is auctioned off and driven 16 hours through Mexico toward its new destiny as part of the Guatemalan public transport system. When we arrive, our bus is lovingly washed, then pimped out with chrome and vibrant colors. But life is difficult for the drivers of these buses in Guatemala. Gangs threaten extortion and sometimes kill riders when their drivers don’t pay. We visit the humble homes of some drivers, who quietly describe how they overcome their fears to provide for their families. Our beautiful camioneta, festooned with garlands and balloons, is ready to be blessed by a priest, who puts it in the hands of God. A bus ride allows us to share our lives with others for a short time. LA CAMIONETA makes us part of the journey. (In Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.

Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall, Rafael González

Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall, Shannon Kennedy

Director Bio
Mark Kendall hails from Ardmore, Pennsylvania. After studying anthropology and Latin American studies at Vanderbilt University, he graduated from the M.F.A. program in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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