The Path (2008)

Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Costa Rica , Spain , France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

Inspired after researching the stories of Nicaraguan children forced to fend for themselves after being abandoned by their parents, director Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez crafts this documentary-like tale of two children who set out on a journey to find their long-lost mother. Eight years ago, Saslaya and Dario's mother placed her children in the care of their grandparents in Nicaragua, and departed for Costa Rica in search of work. Frustrated by working in the garbage dumps after school and determined never again to be called into her grandfather's hammock at night, a now twelve year-old Saslaya runs away with her brother on a desperate mission to find their mother in Costa Rica. During the course of their remarkable journey, the two children cross paths with a variety of people including a street kid from Costa Rica, an elderly puppeteer, and other immigrants whose situation isn't too different from their own.