CHILDREN BEHIND THE WALL

By Marisol GONZALEZ

MG1 PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

“A shocking story about drugs, violence, broken families and children in Tijuana, Mexico. The untold story behind the border."

Festivals
& Awards

Guadalajara FICG 2015
Documental Internacional
Awareness Film Festival 2016
6th edition
Queens World Film Festival 2017
7th edition
Festival de Cine Global Dominicano 2017
10th edition
The Americas Film Festival of NY 2017
4th edition
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues
    • Countries
    • MEXICO, USA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 52 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marisol GONZALEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Marisol GONZALEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Marisol GONZALEZ (MG1 PRODUCTIONS)
    • Synopsis
    • Tijuana is the legendary border town between Mexico and the United States. It is also known as a smuggler’s paradise, a sordid town with an illegal traffic of people and goods. When families from all over Latin America fail to cross the border and reach the United States, they mostly stay in Tijuana and become addicted to drugs. Most parents abandon their children. Forced to fend for themselves in the streets, the kids follow in their parent’s footsteps and get trapped in the unforgiving cycle of drug dependency and thus fall into prostitution and violence. “Children Behind the Wall”, explores the complexity of this situation, through first hand stories told by some of those children who strive to liberate themselves from addiction. Francisco began roaming the streets when he was 10 years. Soon, he explains, he got hooked on crystal meth, cocaine and heroin. Maria, now 15 years old, started using drugs at the age of 9. She had to prostitute herself in order to survive, but most of all to buy her drugs. Martin, 14 years old, did just about anything in order to get drugs; even kill. With the guidance of Jose Ramón, the educational director of “Cirad” a rehab center for minors – Lalo, a street educator who counsels the youth in the red light district – and Connie the founder of “El Pozo” an orphanage, this documentary takes us inside their world. Will these kids overcome their daily obstacles and their personal challenges and be able to stay on the path to a better life?
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