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I saw this movie at the Hammer as part of the Ambulante film festival. It was very moving, and I just kept on thinking that these women had no money and were still able to help save migrants' lives. Throughout the film are mini interviews with the women who work so hard to help others, which at first I thought was depressing, for a few reasons. First the word for "dreams" in the non-sleeping sense they use is "ilusiones" which translates to "wishful thinking" or delusions, further emphasizing the out of reach nature of said dreams. The women, particularly the younger women, were well aware of that they were helping people who were on their own journeys to try to fulfill their own dreams, and that they could not leave the town despite wanting better lives for their children. Second, it's bleak because the people traveling on the trains face enormous challenges and risks. The chances of any of these people being able to live out a capitalist fantasy in America are slim. Instead everyone here is working really hard just to survive. Thousands and thousands of people. All I can say is, Fuck all those anti-immigrant politicians and citizens.
But I thought that it was a kind gesture on the part of the filmmaker to flesh out the women who seem to only give. They give not because it's easy to, even psychologically, let alone financially-- but because it gives their life meaning and because they are believing Christians. It's really amazing.
It's also totally crazy in relation to the exodus of people fleeing Syria.