Coyote : immigration case study

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  • For guidance northward, illegal immigrants from Latin America frequently enlist mercenary escorts known as "coyotes." This program examines one such charming and unseemly figure and the three Guatemalans who have placed their trust in him. Viewers follow the nervous foursome through checkpoints and river crossings as they employ unreliable forged documents and take on false identities-while facing physical danger and the constant threat of deportation. Ultimately, the film echoes the heady and traumatic experiences known to millions of undocumented immigrants-especially since only one of the protagonists gains any tangible success from the journey.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 31, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • In Spanish with English subtitles.


  • What Does a Coyote Do? (2:48) -- Coyote Perspective (3:10) -- Families Torn Apart (1:58) -- Preparation for Trip to U.S.A. (3:10) -- Departure Day (2:55) -- Illegals Have Fake I.D. (2:33) -- Illegals: Travel by Raft (2:47) -- Illegals: Plots and Schemes (3:38) -- Illegals: Riding the Rails (2:11) -- Robbers with Machetes (2:27) -- Abandon the Plan? (2:05) -- Strenuous Journey (3:20) -- Contrite Robber (2:33) -- Blame Game (2:06) -- Inappropriate Behavior (3:00) -- Affair Between Coyote and Guatemalan Woman (3:48) -- Coyote: True Confessions (2:33) -- Family Connections (5:23) -- At the Rio Grand River (1:57) -- Success and Failure at the Border (1:24)
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