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Full circle for LA CAMIONETA

Director Mark Kendall pictured far left, front row with the cast of LA CAMIONETA and their families
At the NAPT Summit in Cincinnati last year, you may have seen a screening of the movie LA CAMIONETA, the story of a decommissioned U.S. school bus that migrated south and was transformed into a brightly-colored vehicle for public transportation. Over the past few years, the camionetas and the men who drive them have become primary targets of an escalating wave of violence, gang extortion and killings that have plagued the country's transportation system and instilled fear and mistrust in those who ride the buses each day. Because camioneta drivers carry cash, gangs extort daily protection money and often kill those who cannot pay or who outright refuse to pay. The film is an attempt to move beyond the blood-soaked headlines, exploring the personal stories at the heart of the story, woven together through the migration of one bus on its journey across the borders between the Americas and towards the hope that its transformation ultimately represents. The documentary has been showcased at several film festivals this year to rave reviews.

Recently the film was shown at the Pradera in Chimaltenango for everyone who appears in the film and their families. For many, this was the first time they had ever seen a film in a movie theater. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and according to Director Mark Kendall, "It was incredible to see folks connecting and sharing their stories during the lunch that followed. With their blessing and continued encouragement, we're excited to begin rolling out our plans for the Guatemalan premiere of LA CAMIONETA later this fall!" more

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