Which Way Home

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Which Way Home
Which Way Home.jpg
Directed by Rebecca Cammisa
Produced by Rebecca Cammisa
Music by James Lavino
  • Lorenzo Hagerman
  • Eric Goethals
Edited by
  • Pax Wassermann
  • Madeleine Gavin
Distributed by HBO Films
Release dates
  • January 31, 2009 (2009-01-31)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States

Which Way Home is a 2009 documentary film directed by Rebecca Cammisa. The film follows several children who are attempting to get from Mexico and Central America to the United States, on top of a train that crosses Mexico known as "La Bestia" (The Beast). Cammisa received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to make the documentary in 2006. The film premiered on HBO on August 24, 2009.


The list of the main characters are:

  • Kevin

Kevin is a fourteen-year-old boy trying to reach America to be able to support his mother back in Honduras. Eventually, Kevin is the only one to make it to America, but quickly finds out that life there is equally difficult in different ways.

  • Fito

Fito is thirteen years old and is trying to find work in America as well. He leaves his hometown in Honduras with Kevin, also hoping to find a better life away from his grandmother and absent mother.

  • Yurico

Yurico, who is seventeen years old, leaves Chiapas, Mexico in hopes of finding a family that will adopt him in the US. Having no family, he lives on the streets begging in Chiapas and strikes up a close friendship with Fito on the journey to the border. He struggles with an addiction to huffing glue.

Awards and nominations[edit]


  • Emmy, 2010 - Outstanding Informational Programming-Long Form[1]


  • Academy Award 2010 - Best Documentary Feature
  • Spirit Award 2010 - Best Documentary[2]

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