BORDER SOUTH

By Raúl O. PAZ PASTRANA

ANDAR FILMS INC. - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

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

Festivals
& Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Expose
Sheffield 2019
Doc/Expose Tim Hetherington Award Nominee
AFI DOCS 2019
TRUTH AND JUSTICE
DocsMX 2019
Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA, MEXICO
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Raúl O. PAZ PASTRANA
    • Synopsis
    • 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.

      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