November 7-9, 2014

Which Way Home

Filmmaker: 
Rebecca Cammisa
83 minutes

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, WHICH WAY HOME shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the U.S. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Director Rebecca Cammisa (“Sister Helen”) tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the ones you never hear about – the invisible ones. 

Rebecca Cammisa became a filmmaker in 1998, when she teamed up with Rob Fruchtman to co-direct, co-produce, and shoot the feature documentary film, "Sister Helen," which aired on HBO's Cinemax network, won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival's Documentary Directing Award, and was nominated for a 2004 News Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming. 

Rebecca also shared in winning the Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary Film at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film at the Newport Film Festival, the Best  Documentary Film Award at the Nashville Film Festival, a Grand Marnier Foundation Film Grant, and a New York State Council on the Arts Media Fellowship.

Ms. Cammisa was nominated for a Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award by the International Documentary Association, and was nominated for an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film Award by the Directors Guild of America. In 2003, Rebecca founded Documentress Films, and received support from HBO, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the William J. Fulbright Fellowship in Filmmaking for “Which Way Home."

“Which Way Home” received a 2010 Oscar nomination for Feature Documentary, a 2010 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary Film, an Imagen Award for Best Documentary on Television, and four Emmy Award nominations. 

Rebecca was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Grand Prize from The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Block 1a: 8:45am - 10:25am