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TitleUSD's Trans-Border Institute to Host Annual Border Film Week
ContactMelissa Wagoner
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From Monday, March 26, through Thursday, March 29, the Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the University of San Diego will host its annual Border Film Week. For the first time, TBI is partnering with Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana to screen films at their campus the same week, making it a true binational event. This year's series will feature four films that address issues relating to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The films and discussions to be presented on consecutive evenings are: "Miss Bala" (2011), commentary from director and USD/UCSD film professor Isaac Artenstein on Visions of the Border Through Documentary Film (told through screenings of various films), "A Better Life" (2011) directed by Chris Weitz, and "Presunto Culpable" (2008). A question-and-answer session will follow each film screening.

Additionally, on Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., TBI will offer the opportunity to all students to participate in a documentary making workshop lead by director Isaac Artenstein. This hands-on workshop teaches effective techniques for conceptualizing, shooting, and post-production documentaries with a distinct voice, compelling storylines, and engaging themes.

Students will learn to conduct and shoot interviews, how to illustrate content, and about the basics of digital editing. Clips from documentaries directed by Artenstein and others are used to illustrate and discuss relevant topics and strategies.

All film screenings are free and open to the public and to the press.

WHO: Trans-Border Institute Border Film Week

WHAT: Four film screenings, student showcase, and a filmmaking panel comprising the USD Trans-Border Institute's Annual Border Film Week.

WHERE: School of Leadership & Education Sciences
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Warren Auditorium
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 at 6 pm
Wednesday, March 28 at 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm
Documentary Workshop: Wednesday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to transborder@sandiego.eduor for more information visit


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