Top 10 Border Movies Resource Page
Friday, 09 April 2010 02:46
What started out as a topic for my blog ended up becoming a hobby for me. I reviewed several movies that had to do with the U.S./Mexican border, immigration, and the struggles each person endures while making such an epic journey. The following 10 films were the ones I felt were the most informational and entertaining.
Sin Nombre: This film combines two stories. One involves a young woman, Sayra, a native of Honduras who embarks on a journey with her father and uncle to escape Guatemala/Mexico and hopes to bring her relatives to a more promising New Jersey. The other involves a young gang member, Willy (aka “Casper”), from South Mexico who makes a living robbing people who ride the train. Eventually, the two cross paths and endure vicious racism, the dangers of gang violence and the terrible struggles of the ultimate fight for freedom.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Big names are thrown into this film, including: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke,and Eva Mendes. It is a sequel to Desperado and is action-packed entertainment. The President of Mexico has declared war on the explosive drug cartel. However, they have a scandalous plan of their own. An agent sent from the CIA is stuck trying to make sure their plan does not follow through, and does this by hiring a hit-man to take the mob down. A trap is set, the bait is there and all that needs to happen is for the notorious group to fall in. Who will win the epic battle of Good vs, Bad?
El Alambrista: At fist glance, El Alambrista is simply a tale of an aspiring Mexican wrestler who eventually makes his way to the U.S. to support his family. However, after watching this movie twice, the well-directed action scenes, witty humor, and underlying tones of battling racism, this movie is a bonafide awesome work of a low budget yet high quality film. After a family tragedy, the main character embarks on the most dangerous journey of his life so far: crossing the border.Including scenes with corrupt police and the struggles that illegal immigrants bravely face, El Alambrista offers a realistic portrayal of what "crossing" must be like.
Dying to Get In: Even though this film may be more difficult than usual to get a hold of, it is well worth the wait, as it is one of the few documentaries that really lets you walk in someoneelse's shoes. This film, featured on the Discovery Channel is a short documentary in which the director Brett Tolley, literally takes this infamous journey along with a group of Hispanics, through the Sonora Desert into Arizona.
Quinceanara: As Magdalena’s15th birthday rapidly approaches where she'll celebrate her quinceanara, her seemingly perfect world is turned upside down when she finds out she is pregnant. As if not fitting into her gown for her special day wasn’t enough, she will also be kicked out of her house and abandoned by her family. The only one left who is willing to take in Magdalena, is her great-granduncle, Tomas and her trouble making cousin, Carlos. This story is very touching and also holds very important lessons about the practice of safe sex or abstinence to young adults. Especially in the Hispanic community, teen-pregnancy is looked down upon, so much so that you could face getting ex-communicated from your own family. Magdalena struggles with discrimination, segregation, and stereotypes as she battles her worst fears in this coming-of-age tale.
All the Pretty Horses: This film released in 2000, is about a young drifter from
The Border Film Project: This film is really an form of art, expressed through the distribution of disposable cameras to 2 different groups of people, one on each side of the U.S./Mexican border.Some members of one group are undocumented migrants crossing the horrific span of desert which leads to the U.S.The other group? Includes die hard conservatives and people who are thoroughly devoted to keeping immigrants out of the
La Misma Luna: This movie portrays two similar stories of a young boy, Carlitos, and his optimistic mother Rosario.
Trade: This film tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who is kidnapped by sex traffickers in
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Border Beat BlogsEducación en la Frontera
By: Shannon Maule
A look at higher education in regard to those who have and have not been able to travel from various countries to the United States. Stories from people in the higher education world relating to the border.A Mosaic America
By: Rachel Kolinski
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By: Hope Jamieson
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By: Maria Teracena
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By: Chelsey Barthel
American borders are crossed every day by cultures of all kind. These stories tell the personal experiences of people from different lands, offering further insight into the difference of cultures.
By: Lauren Inouye
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By: Charles Misra
Stories about martial arts and combat sports with a cultural twist, all finding a home in America's southwestern borderlands.Border People
By: Jamie Turow
Profiles of English language learners.
By: Jessica Hoerth
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By: Lauren Urratio
Fashion and how it is impacted by the border and international cultures.
By: Lucy Valencia
News from along the border with MexicoThe Border Project
By: Melissa Guz
"The Border Project" is an art showcase located in the University of Arizona's Museum of Art. It has over 40+ art pieces related to border issues.Athletics and the Border
By: Preston Fawcett
Get to know high school coachs and athletes from Arizona border towns or from Mexico and their struggles to get to where they are.
By: Audrey A. Fitzsimmons
The Southwest boasts of diverse ethnic backgrounds and a wealth of interesting personalities. Border Personalities is dedicated to the people of the Southwest and their stories.
By: Jeff Kessler
U.S. - Mexico border issues, current events, and interesting local storiesMusic of the Border
By: Steven Schiraldi
Music reviews of musical works by Mexican or other ethnic artists.
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A visual exploration of America’s last frontier -- pictures and videos from different areas of the wall and fence that separate two different worlds and insight into what really stands between the United States and Mexico, ramifications of wall building and what it means for the average citizen.Border Athletes
By: Lauren Sokol
Meet international student athletes at the University of Arizona, a look at the recruiting process that helped them find a temporary home in the desert, and culture changes that the athletes might have endured.Journey Across the Border
By: Emily Kjesbo
Spotlighting Mexico’s top travel destinations, as well as a few of its hidden gems.Border Shots
By: Keith Perfetti
A photojournalist looks at how other photographers have viewed the border and shoots lesser known spots of the southwest.
MLS Soccer comes to the Desert
By: Jeff Kessler
All about the 2012 Desert Diamond Cup, a 10 day exhibition soccer tournament featuring four Major League Soccor teams coming to Tucson.