The film ends as it began, traversing the border. The scene shifts from children in Guatemala celebrating the new camioneta's unveiling to children in the United States, smilingly blissfully -- and blissfully unaware -- as their school bus glides through their comfortable suburb. "On a journey, there is nothing that is written," one of the drivers reflects in voiceover. "You always meet new people, new friends. And even if they weren't really friends, you shared the same bus for a short time. And that makes you part of the same journey." The journey depicted in "La Camioneta" belongs, then, not only to Kendall, to bus drivers, to Guatemalans. It's ours, too.
"La Camioneta" premiered at SXSW in 2012. It can be seen in theatrical release this Friday, May 31 through June 6 at Brooklyn's reRun Theater; June 7-13 at Los Angeles' Downtown Independent; and July 2-7 at San Diego's Digital Gym. No downloads or streams are available as yet.