DOC NYC 2012: Hispanic Documentary Picks

La Camioneta

Expected to Attend: Director Mark Kendall present for a Q&A

Every day, dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States and migrate to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring most Guatemalans to work. This lyrical film follows the migration of one American bus as well as the personal stories of five individuals whose lives become intertwined with its transformation. What slowly emerges is a vivid and rich meditation on the universal quest for mobility.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS: If you ever wondered how a school bus gets transformed into a colorfully painted mural on wheels, then check this out. It’s kinda like ‘Pimp My Schoolbus.’

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DOC NYC, New York’s Documentary Festival, takes place Nov. 8 – 15, 2012 at the IFC Center and the SVA Theatre

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