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Crossing the Border

Crossing the Border

A collection of documentaries about the dangers Mexican and Central American migrants face while trying to reach the southern border of the United States. It is a perilous journey and only some manage to cross over into the United States.

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Crossing the Border
  • Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)

    Directed by Natalia Almada • Documentary • 2005 • 70 minutes

    The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music—captured in the performances of Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte and the late Chalino Sanchez—provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along ...

  • Border South

    Directed by Raul O. Paz Pastrana • Documentary • 2020 • 82 minutes

    To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory.

    Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from s...

  • From The Other Side

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • Documentary • 2002 • 99 minutes

    With her unmistakable style Chantal Akerman ("Arguably the most important European director of her generation."—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice) explores the border between the United States and Mexico.

    For years immigrants passed thr...

  • El Mar La Mar

    Directed by Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki • Documentary • 2017 • 94 minutes

    An immersive and enthralling journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, EL MAR LA MAR weaves together harrowing oral histories from the area with hand-processed 16mm images of flora, fauna and items...

  • The Other Side of The Wall

    Directed by Pau Ortiz • Documentary • 2017 • 68 minutes

    As their mother is imprisoned under dubious charges, and the father is non-existent, Ale (18) and Rocio (13) are faced with the greatest challenge possible. They promise each other to keep the family together - especially for their smaller ...

  • Rocío

    Directed by Dario Guerrero • Documentary • 2022 • 60 minutes

    Weaving together footage from over a quarter of a century, Rocío follows the family of undocumented Mexican immigrant and Harvard University student Dario Guerrero as they struggle to stay together in the face of his mother's terminal ...

  • Western

    Directed by Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross • Documentary • With Chad Foster, Martin Wall, Brylyn Wall • 2015 • 92 minutes

    In Eagle Pass, Texas, where the U.S. and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality. In the matter of a few turbulent months, the s...