Video Stories from Both Sides of the USA-Mexico Border
By Juliana Rincón Parra
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Frontera Filmmakers is social networking website based in San Diego, California that unites video producers from both sides of the USA-Mexico border. Its members share links to more than two dozen films and trailers related to border politics and culture.
One documentary on the site, 389 Miles, tells the story of residents on both sides of border. In the 4 minute trailer, the director Luis Carlos Romero-Davis invites us to meet migrants who brave the desert crossing the border, volunteers searching for them in order to provide aid, and others who are there to protect their country from illegal immigrants. He also shows a partial interview with a smuggler who tells all about the human trafficking trade in the region.
In Contaminacion 202 [in Spanish] youngsters from Tijuana, Mexico explain why it is important to control pollution and contamination, with examples of ground, water and air pollution.
A third video is titled Entre Corazón y Mar (Between Heart and Sea), and shows the building process of the fourth Pacific Rim Park in Baja California, Mexico, where Mexicans, US citizens, Russians and Chinese have gathered together in spite of language differences to build a monument that honors diversity.
There are many other videos on the Frontera Filmmakers site including animations, TV show pilots, and cultural excursions into the lives of people who live their lives at the edge of two worlds.
This article originally appeared on Global Voices Online, a website that tracks global blog reactions to world news.