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LA BESTIA - Train of the Unknow

Dokumentarfilm | 24 min | Spanisch

Weltpremiere @IDFA – Competition for Student Documentary

To get to the United States, a lot of migrants from Central America jump on a freight train known as La Bestia, or “The Beast.” This well-balanced student film was made entirely at the migrants’ stopover Casa del Migrante, in the Mexican town of Huehuetoca. Casa del Migrante provides a temporary safe haven for the migrants to rest on their journey. A slogan on the wall reads “No wall can hold back dreams,” and there’s also a priest to offer comfort and encouragement. When the time comes for the migrants to leave the accommodation, there’s no turning back.

Director Manuel Inacker avoids any sentimentality or political statement, and just listens to their stories. One of the young men was shot at by the maras, the gangs operating in Central America, and is now fleeing for safety. The tense and dramatic final scene, in which two men try to jump on the train, illustrates the grim reality of twenty-year-olds who will risk their lives for a better future. Sadly, most will never reach their dream destination.

IDFA - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam


Regie:  Manuel Inacker

Producers: Karla Stöhr & Nicole Jatta

Bildgestaltung: Falco Seliger

Montage: Laura Espinel

Sounddesign & Mischung: Sebastian Sanchez

Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf


Erasmus + Preis (FIPADOC 2019)

Publikumspreis|Preis der Leserjury| Freiheitspreis (SHORTS Offenburg 2019)

Publikumspreis|Preis für den gesellschaftlich relevanten Film (Filmreif! 2019)

Publikumspreis|Beste Regie (13. Wendland Shorts Kurzfilmfestival)

Best Student film (10. Makedox)

Best Student Documentary (Oslo Independent Film Festival 2019)

Best Short Documentary (Budapest Independent Film Festival 2020)

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