The filmmaker follows a 19-year old Mayan refugee from his home in Chicago to a Guatemalan refugee camp in Mexico. The viewer learns why Ricardo Hernandez and his family had to leave Guatemala, what life is like in exile and the cooperative efforts being taken by the refugees to return home. Intercutting this teenagers personal odyssey with a more general history of his homeland gives the statistics a human face. The video uses children’s illustrations, archival footage, interviews and captures the music, dance and spirit of everyday life.
This documentary is an excellent historical record of the struggle the Mayans have had to endure in the last decades of the 20th century. Furthermore, it provides context and background for the immigration issues we now face in the United States and is an excellent springboard for discussion.