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TBI Puts Spotlight on Life at the Border

Monday, March 30, 2009

Border Film Week

Stories told during an upcoming film festival on the University of San Diego campus will take viewers into worlds that may seem far from their reality. However the astonishing tales of kidnapping, border security and human smuggling are all too real in neighboring Mexico.

From March 31 through April 2, the Trans-Border Institute (TBI) will host Border Film Week, a showcase of independent documentaries and films focusing on various topics related to the life in Mexico. USD alumnus John Carlos Frey will show his most recent documentary during the festival.

“The films this year focus on the harsh reality of the border and how issues such as the femicides in Ciudad Juarez and United States border security policy create environments of fear and death,” said Charles Pope, TBI’s assistant director. “Border Film Week is meant to be thought-provoking and to educate the binational community about life at the border and policies that affect the US-Mexico border and bilateral relationship.”

Documentaries scheduled to be shown include:

• March 31 — “Senorita Extraviada (Missing Young Women)”. The documentary tells the story of the hundreds of young women kidnapped, raped and murdered in Ciudad Juarez from 1993 to the present day.
• April 1 — “1969 Miles,” by USD alumnus John Carlos Frey. The film explores the humanitarian impact of U.S. border security policies. The film will be followed by a presentation with the filmmaker. Last year, Frey’s “The Invisible Chapel” was shown during the film festival.
• April 2 — “Coyote.” After their friend is deported, two young Americans decide to smuggle him back — a single event that quickly escalates into a lucrative business venture that becomes more complicated than they ever imagine. Corruption and greed lead the men down a path of destruction and despair. The film will be followed by a presentation with Producer Brett Spackman.

All films will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre. For more information, go to or call (619) 260-4090.

— Denise T. Ward

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