9th Annual Border Film Week

9th Annual Border Film Week

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Date and Time

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Thursday, February 26, 2015


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Trans-Border Institute presents the Ninth Annual Border Film Week 2015

Every year TBI brings an exciting new line-up of documentary films to campus, giving students, faculty, and our broader community the chance to explore the border and the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico from a variety of different perspectives, and to meet some leading filmmakers.

This year's films will emphasize migration, violence, and human rights. 

A series of short films will precede the featured documentary, and panel discussions with the filmmakers and faculty experts will follow each screening.

All events are free and open to the public.



Leo Tabosa, 2014

An audiovisual take on the difficulties a foreigner must endure to adjust to his new life.

13 min

La Tierra de los Adioses,

Stefani Saintonge, 2014

The Lopez family is split by a border. A mother and her three daughters stay in a rural Mexican town, where the lack of job opportunities have forced 50% of residents (80% of men) to migrate to the U.S. A father, a son and an uncle work construction in Richmond, Virginia dreaming about home but traumatized by the journey they endured to the other side. La Tierra de los Adioses tells a story mirrored throughout Central America about torn families, a culture of migration and the policies that keep the cycle spinning.

28 min


[Death penalty documentary short film],

Scott Langley, 2012

Captured on film, Warden Marvin Polk, of North Carolina's Central Prison, narrates the preparation and final hours before an execution in Raleigh, where the state execution facilities are located. Warden Polk takes members of the press through the prison, detailing hour-by-hour the preparation, and carrying out, of a 2:00 am execution.
The short film includes candid discussion by the warden about the role of doctors in lethal injections as well as his own feelings on overseeing the executions.

10 min

Hasta el fin de los días/To the End of Reckoning,

Mauricio Bidault, 2014

At the end of 2013 the so called War Against Crime in Mexico had left a body count of more than 100,000 and a generalized distrusting climate in Mexican society. How do the men and women that keep fighting this violence every day from the trenches of science live? Hasta el fin de los días tells through the eyes of workers in the Instituto Jalisciense de Ciencias Forenses (Jalisco Institute of Forensic Science) about this struggle in one of the most violent areas of the country. 

87 min



Bernardo Ruiz, 2012

Reportero follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 50 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?

60 min


More info about Border Film Week: Believing in the transformative power of visual media, TBI created Border Film Week to provide students, educators and the community with images and stories about the people and life of Mexico, Central and South America. Through this initiative, TBI showcases a film series whose content includes stories about the regions of Latin America, Mexico, border culture and other reflections of the life and the people who live there.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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