The Williams Lake Film Club will be showing the documentary Which Way Home, this Saturday, Dec. 6.
The film about the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence and the people who try to cross it every day, will be shown at the Gibraltar Room at 2 p.m. Back door open at 1:30 p.m.
Director Rebecca Cammisa planned to finish this documentary in about a year and a half, but through many problems with numerous authorities, a hurricane and other difficulties, the filming took more than six years.
Cammisa was fortunate that John Malkovich was her executive producer and his company Mr. Mudd, financed it.
You may not have heard of this documentary although it is highly acclaimed, receiving 100 per cent on the Rotten Tomato Meter; being nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar; winning an Award for Humanitarian Activism; and winning an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Programming.
The US-Mexico Border Fence, also called the Great Wall of Mexico, is about 2,000 miles long. Not only adults, but also a huge number of children try daily basis to cross this Border Fence to reach the U.S.
Many of these children come from Guatemala and Honduras and ride the train through Mexico to the Border.
The train is aptly called The Beast as it can take you toward your destination, but it also can kill you.
The documentary follows several children on their frightening and sometimes exhilarating journey.
There is no narration in this documentary, the director lets the children and various adults tell their own stories.
Many of them flee from poverty, neglect, abandonment, and abuse, more and more nowadays from drug gangs.
Some of them want to find a parent and a good life in the U.S. describing the States as they know it from TV programs.
Many of them travel alone with only the clothes on their backs.
For the year 2014 the U.S. expects about 90,000 children.
Which Way Home will move you in other unexpected ways, when you see the helpers along the way, providing some food, clothing, or simply a safe place to sleep for one night.
The Christmas season has started so we ask you to please be generous and once again bring a gift for the food bank.
And a great big thank you to the City and CRD from the Williams Lake Film Club. They have found the funds to install some very necessary screening equipment in the Gibraltar Room. Hurray!
Now the picture and the sound are great!