Tribeca Video Interview: Which Way Home Director Rebecca Cammisa

Rebecca Cammisa is thin, attractive and female, a set of circumstances that might put her in danger virtually anywhere in the world. That goes double for the context of her latest film, Which Way Home, in which Cammisa and crew filmed young children trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States by hitchhiking on freight trains. It's a dangerous journey even for adults, and especially for the children, but also for Cammisa and her crew.

"Someone threatened to kill us and take our cameras and rape me, and throw me off the train," she told me, in that nonchalant way that must come from years of making documentaries in dangerous location. For Which Way Home Cammisa followed several children from Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras, some of them riding the rails with their dreams intact, and some already caught in the endless bureaucracy of child services on both sides of the border. Cammisa said she wanted to make the film because it's a story not happening in Africa, or some other distant land-- it's basically right next door.

In the video interview below we talk about the challenges of finding the subjects for her film, and getting permission to film from parents who have already let their children make this insanely dangerous journey on their own. Cammisa also admits that, while she was filming as objectively as possible, she couldn't help telling the kids to be safe once in a while. Which Way Home is a touching, excellently made documentary, and will be released for wider audiences later this year.

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