From March 4-8, the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute (TBI) hosts its annual Border Film Week at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace & Justice Theater. The aim is to promote awareness about border culture and Mexico by providing the USD and San Diego communities with films created in the border region.
David Shirk, director of TBI and a professor in the political science department, said, “Border Film Week promotes thinking and discussion about Mexico and the border not only by bringing great films to the University of San Diego, but also directors, actors, and film experts that come to talk with our students.”
The films to be shown the first three nights are “Felix” (2012), directed by Adriana Trujillo who will attend to offer her insight on the film making process; “Espacio Interior” (2012), directed by Kai Parlange Tessmann; and “Tierra Brilliante” (2011), created by filmmaker Omar Figueroa who will offer his insight on making this film.
The staff at TBI works with Kristin Moran, department chair of the Department of Communications Studies, throughout the year to pull together the films for week.
Thursday will be host to three short films. “San Ysidro: Frontera Olvidada/A Forgotten Border” (2012), created by four Mexican-American teens; “Botes al Amanecer” (2012), with Jose Yenque, actor, producer and member of the Border Film Week advisory committee, in attendance to offer his insights; and “Gimme the Power” (2012), a rockumentary directed by Olallo Rubio .
Shirk explained that the relationship the U.S. has with Mexico is unique and vital to understand. “The U.S.-Mexico border is a fascinating subject for exploration in film, photography, literature, and other creative genres because so much of what happens at the border often seems fictional, but it’s part of our daily reality.”
The festival will conclude Friday with “Mariachi Gringo” (2012), followed by a Q&A with director Tom Gustafson, and a closing reception concert by the USD Mariachi ensemble.
All film screenings are free and open to the public and to the press.
— Melissa Wagoner