BORDER SOUTH (FRONTERA SUR)
North American Premiere
Director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana and producer Cecilia Giron Perez in attendance
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly from Central America, pass through Mexico every year on their way to the U.S. southern border. To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory.
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 comradery, 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. –Ken Jacobson
Raúl O. Paz Pastrana is a Mexican immigrant filmmaker. His work intersects contemporary art, political documentary and visual ethnography to explore themes of belonging and alienation in immigrant communities. His films have screened worldwide. Raúl is a TFI grant recipient, an IFP Filmmaker Labs fellow and a Firelight Media Documentary Lab fellow.
Raúl O. Paz Pastrana
Andar Films Inc.