"We don't call this a train. We call it the Beast because so many people die along the way. You have to be willing to give your life away." A BRIDGE APART looks at the epic migration of immigrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States from the point of view of the migrants themselves. If a parent cannot find enough work to sustain a family, they are pushed by economic hardship and pulled to the U.S. by the promise of better life. This film also shows how simple economic development in small towns and villages can transform a desperate living situation into one that can sustain its people?providing them options not to have to leave their homes. Haunting photography, dramatic narration by actor Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver, Selena, Miami Vice) and intimate interviews give witness to their harrowing journey.