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Canadian director Arturo Perez Torres traveled the length of the continent to put human faces on the thorny issue of illegal immigration from Central America to the U.S., a phenomenon that endangers the lives of an estimated 3,000 people every day. Workers fleeing impoverished Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala face threats at every border crossing but especially in Mexico, where they're menaced by corrupt cops, violent gangs, and speeding trains. The problem has worsened since the 2001 enactment of President Vicente Fox's Plan Sur, which furthers Mexico's economic interests in the north by expelling immigrants from the south before they reach the Rio Grande. With his lucid, measured exposition, Perez Torres has crafted a riveting documentary (2004) about the socioeconomic upheavals that send wave after wave of refugees over the border. In English and subtitled Spanish. 93 min.

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