To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory.
Our Opening Night Film – Border South
We are proud to be screening Director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana’s feature-length documentary, Border South. We will screen this documentary on the opening night of the film fest, Friday September 13 at 8:30 PM in the Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University campus. The opening film sets up one of the major themes that we’ll be discussing and exploring throughout the festival: Our Southern Border.
About Border South
Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Gustavo’s gunshot wounds from Mexican police, which have achieved abundant press attention, might just earn him a ticket out of Nicaragua. Meanwhile anthropologist Jason painstakingly collects the trail’s remains, which have their own sad stories to tell. The film further captures a vivid portrait of Central American immigrants who disappear along the trail, exposing a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life, as well as in death.
Filmmaker Raúl O. Paz Pastrana spent four years following migrant routes from southern Mexico to the U.S.-Mexico border. The result is a close-up, nuanced and highly original view of the migrant experience, one fraught with risk and danger but also camaraderie, ingenuity and humor. Also profiled is the Undocumented Migration Project, an effort to collect and catalog artifacts left behind by migrants in the Arizona desert that speaks powerfully on behalf of those who seek a better life at an almost unbearable cost.
About the Director
Director Biography – Raúl O. Paz Pastrana