La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

Every year school buses are decommissioned and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Some of those buses become camionetas south of the border. The new life of such a bus is chronicled in Mark Kendall's documentary La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus. Taken from rural Pennsylvania to Guatemala, the bus travels thousands of miles. Once it reaches Guatemala, it's repainted and serves as the main transportation of Guatemalan workers. In that role, it faces the violence of the gangs in the region, who hold up buses for illegal tolls and often murder the drivers. Kendall was inspired to make the film after riding camionetas during a stay in Guatemala and learning that the bus had come from a small town in Tennessee only 20 miles from where he lived.

1 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $9.
Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 1 p.m., 2013

 
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