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1.

The Fence

Acclaimed filmmaker Rory Kennedy examines the aim and effectiveness of the controversial Southern U.S. Border Barrier, a 700-mile fence erected along the more than 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Kennedy follows her title subject through private ranches, protected wilderness, bustling border towns and scrub desert, offering a revealing and surprising look at the story behind its construction and its ultimate impact. This 35-minute documentary takes a humorous look at the absurd ideological contradictions and misinformation that have dogged the fence from its inception. Featuring candid interviews with border patrol guards, ranchers, environmentalists and voices from both sides of the immigration controversy, the film uses humor to highlight the sometimes stark contrast between fact an [...]
Online
2016; 2012
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Silent River

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The Santiago River, known locally as "the River of Death," flows along the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. For forty years, waste from one of Mexico’s largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies in the corridor – brands like IBM, HP, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and Nestlé – are American and Japanese. The river has been transformed into a sewer with over 1000 known chemicals, including dangerously high levels of arsenic, chrome, and lead. Silent River follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save the one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. --
Online
2014
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The Minutemen [electronic resource]: Vigilantes at the Border

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Aggravated by the influx of undocumented immigrants and fed up with the lack of government involvement, the Minutemen positioned themselves along the U.S. / Mexico border. Armed, energetic, and bound by common ideals, they are a diverse, often fragmented group of disillusioned freedom fighters, existing in what many believe to be the realm of vigilantism. This cinema vérité documentary follows nine of these eccentric, self-appointed watchdogs as they fight to regain their sovereignty in an isolated and dangerous landscape. Filmed over the course of four years, the film examines the motivations of and relationships between these conflicted patriots.
Online
2011
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Flor de Muertos

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A celebratory journey into the rich borderlands culture between Tucson, Arizona and the towns of Nogales, Arizona and Mexico. Director Danny Vinik evokes the power and beauty of the Sonoran Desert and its people in this poetic exploration of life and death along the US/Mexico border. Features a stunning performance by acclaimed Americana band Calexico at Tucson's historic Rialto Theatre.
Online
2011
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Hidden Narcotics [electronic resource]: Border Wars 2

In this episode of Border Wars 2, officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection work 24/7 to patrol the border between San Diego, California, and the Mexican city of Tijuana. These men and women traverse the rugged San Ysidro Mountains in search of illegal border crossers; stage an undercover sting operation to infiltrate a human smuggling organization; and uncover hidden narcotics inside a car passing through the San Ysidro port of entry - the busiest land border crossing in the world.
Online
2010
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New Blood [electronic resource]: Border Wars 2

In this episode of Border Wars 2, an officer responsible for intercepting drug money detains a suspect and uncovers a stash of suspected contraband profits. Go inside the California Border Patrol's efforts to seek out corruption within its own ranks, which can be vulnerable to cartel bribes and double agents. And join two newly graduated agents as they put their training to the test in pursuit of illegal immigrants. After being beaten to the punch on their first assignment, the young men have a second chance when another group of crossers heads deep into the nearby mountains.
Online
2010
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America Is to Blame for Mexico's Drug War [electronic resource]: A Debate

From 2007 to 2009, nearly 10,000 people in Mexico died in drug-related violence. Who or what caused this? Some argue that it is Americans' insatiable demand for illicit drugs and the constant flow of guns from the United States, which arms the drug cartels. Others blame Mexico's own government, which, they claim, is so corrupt that it cannot clamp down on the cartels. Unable to ignore the rising violence spilling over the border, Congress approved
Online
2009
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Border Wars [electronic resource]

It stretches for 2,000 miles, carving through major metropolitan areas and inhospitable deserts as it divides the U.S. from Mexico. Each year about 350 million people cross this, the busiest border in the world, not including an estimated one million undocumented immigrants. In response to a growing tide of illegal activity that includes human and drug smuggling, U.S. factions have tightened their grip on the border. But by foot or by car, immigrants and drug traffickers will do whatever it takes to reach the U.S. Drugs and the border are two hot commodities that lead to an escalated battle - an increase in the arsenal of weapons and tactics. It's become war - as this episode of Border Wars investigates.
Online
2008
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Walking the Line

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Walking the Line offers a harrowing view of the chaos, absurdity and senseless deaths of Mexican illegals along the U.S. - Mexico border because some American citizens are taking the law into their own hands. Southern Arizona, a region celebrated for its history of lawlessness, has become the most highly trafficked area for immigrants in the world -- and one of the most dangerous. A shift in the border policy forces migrants to cross the unforgiving desert where thousands die. Those who make it across face volatile, often armed, civilian militias. Standing in opposition to the vigilantes are humanitarians, organized to prevent migrant deaths. Confronting the growing crisis, they too find themselves on the wrong side of the law. A Tucson pastor is indicted on federal felony charges fo [...]
Online
2006
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Boundaries and Borderlands [electronic resource]

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Program 2 explores relative location with visits to the borderland societies of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It focuses on a Mexican woman who makes nightly journeys across the border in order to support her family. Part 2 of Program 2, highlights the U.S. Border Patrol program, "Hold the Line," designed to decrease the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. It concludes that a "spatial perspective" on behalf of U.S. authorities would be beneficial for a government policy that post September 11th, has become counter-productive.
Online
2003
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Introduction [electronic resource]

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This overview of the geographic perspective highlights the 18 National Geography Standards and associated skills that inform Teaching Geography. A case study looks at the borderland region of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; another follows NASA astronauts on a space shuttle mission. The geographic perspective is explored further in a classroom segment in which students investigate why Russia's Aral Sea is shrinking.
Online
2002
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Death on a Friendly Border

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The border that runs between Tijuana and San Diego is the most heavily militarized border between "friendly" countries anywhere in the world. Since 1994 when the U.S. instituted Operation Gatekeeper, an average of one person a day has died crossing into the U.S. The policy has been condemned by the UN Commissioner of Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. This poignant film puts a human face on a tragedy that occurs daily. First we visit a small village in Oaxaca where more than half the men have emigrated to the United States to send money home. From here we follow the story of one young woman who made the journey to follow her husband, but died of dehydration in the desert. Then the film goes to Tijuana where thousands of people have desperately attempted the c [...]
Online
2002
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Mundo Milagroso: (Miraculous World)

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In Texan communities along the Rio Grande River, there is a vibrant mixture of Spanish Catholicism and Indian mysticism. For hundreds of years various saints and religious figures have made appearances to a receptive public. This film takes a respectful look at the current manifestations of these symbols of faith and the people who hold them dear. The filmmakers, one of whom is of Mexican descent, set out for the border to witness these phenomena themselves. They visit the modest home of Paulita Rivera in Hidalgo, TX, who discovered the face of Jesus in a tortilla she had made. Soon the tortilla was encased in plastic and revered by supplicants for its healing properties. Another town boasts the Shrine of the Holy Camaro where a religious silhouette suddenly appeared on a Chevrolet. [...]
Online
1996
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Natives: Immigrant Bashing on the Border

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Starkly shot in black and white, this multi-festival film captures the unabashed xenophobia of a number of Americans living in California along the U.S.-Mexican border. They are reacting to the influx of undocumented aliens, who they believe are draining community resources and committing crimes. Nativist organizations have been formed such as "Light Up The Border" which masses cars along the border with head-lights blazing at possible intruders. The film critiques the nativist position by contrasting the professed love of country with racist and anti-democratic attitudes. One white-haired couple advocates machine-gunning down a few at the border as a warning. Other residents complain that "the illegals bring drugs and disease, multiply like rabbits, fill up the jails, and go on welf [...]
Online
1993
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Borderline

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Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor fall in love, each thinking the other to be a criminal when, in fact, they are both law enforcers tracking down dope smugglers on the Mexican border.
Online
1950; 1949
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Bells of San Angelo

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Gridley is mining silver from an old Mexican mine and bringing it into the USA through a passage into his worthless mine. Border guard Rogers suspects Gridley and finally finds the secret entrance to the Mexican mine. He sends Lee Madison for help, only to have her captured by Gridley. Trigger brings help that takes care of Gridley's men, and now Roy has to rescue Madison. --
Online
1947
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Paradise Canyon =: Cañón del Paraíso

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An undercover government agent is assigned to round up a gang of counterfeiters that is said to operate near the Mexican border, distributing the bogus bills with the aid of travelling medicine shows.
Online
1935
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Between Friends [electronic resource]

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This is about border cities in the United States, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1919