This is a promo for a ducumentary I'm color grading called " A Bridge Apart".
A Bridge Apart is a story about the journey of the thousands of people from Central America and Mexico who leave their homes and families, suffer extraordinary brutality -or loss of life itself- in search of the American Dream. The program also examines ways that economic development can minimize this flow of migration.
A Bridge Apart opens with a large yellow train approaching a small town in southern Mexico. It is Arriaga, the first stop on a 1,500 km ride through central Mexico. The small station is crowded with men, women and children. Most have been traveling for weeks through Central America to arrive at this destination. It is a freight train, so there are no seats. Passengers will tie themselves down on the tops and sides of the cars so as not to fall under the wheels.
The documentary then transitions in time and place – back to small towns in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – where most of the migrants began their journey. Migrants tell why they have decided to leave their home and family and risk their lives to find work in the United States. Most are poor, living on less than $2.00 per day. Others are children or adolescents trying to reunite with their mother or father who left them behind years before. Most will be traveling alone and at great risk of being of being kidnapped or trafficked. In the last year or two narco-traffickers and gangs have come to realize that trafficking for ransom or sexual slavery can be just as lucrative as smuggling drugs. The migrants on their journey have become easy targets. Kidnapping has grown to be the largest humanitarian crises in the Americas. The documentary will following the trafficking story across the borders into the United States, where sexual slavery is a thriving business in cities like New York and Washington, D.C area.
Toward the close of the program the story line will transition to a segment on small coffee farmers in Guatemala that have formed cooperatives – enabling them to increase their market power and avoid migration. The hope is to leave a question in the minds of the viewers that perhaps economic development and creative capitalism can be more effective than higher walls and more regulation – and give the audience a greater understanding of the complexity of migration related issues.
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