Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: Which Way Home?
Filmmakers highlight the struggles of unaccompanied child migrants traveling to the U.S. by freight train.
E. Margie Matthews Filter Hostetter '62 Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall
The Wells College Hispanic Heritage Month film series presents the final event of this academic year, a special screening of the award-winning film Which Way Home (2010) at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11 in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall. This screening will feature a Skype interview and Q-and-A with special guest Dr. Stephany Slaughter of Alma College, who worked as field producer for the film. Which Way Home earned a 2010 Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category.
The filmmakers of Which Way Home follow unaccompanied child migrants traveling through Mexico to the United States via freight train, a journey that the film’s website describes as showing “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 United States.”
Among them are Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota; Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and 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. The film showcases the hardships that these youths face and the hopes that spark their incredible journey.
Wells’ Assistant Professor of Spanish Gerardo T. Cummings Rendón will lead the Skype Q-and-A with Dr. Stephany Slaughter, who received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University and is now an assistant professor of Spanish at Alma College in Michigan. As a field producer for Which Way Home, she helped set up shots, requested interviews and spoke with several consuls to get permission to speak to minors in their care, as well as assisting with on-site translating.
"I've done a lot of research on immigration and cultural representations of immigration, but my experience with the kids in this film was like nothing I've experienced before," she said in an interview about her involvement. "My work on the film has been absolutely the most rewarding thing I've done.”