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Border South/Frontera Sur: Online Film Event Exposes Global Migration System

September 20, 2020

On Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25 the Middlebury College Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Department of Anthropology, and the Program in Education Studies, will sponsor a free online viewing of the powerful feature film Border South/Frontera Sur as well as a live online Q&A with the filmmakers.

Border South poster cut with awards

Border South/Frontera Sur Synopsis

Every year, hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. Fragmented stories from individuals crossing through southern Mexico assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who have disappeared along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Border South reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

Guatemala, Mexico, USA, 83 mins. Director: Raúl O. Paz Pastrana. Producers: Jason De León, Cecilia Girón Pérez, Raúl O. Paz Pastrana. https://bordersouthfilm.com

Trailer for Border South/Frontera Sur

How to watch the entire film free online, from September 24 (4 PM ET) until September 25 (4 PM ET):

- English: https://ucla.box.com/v/ht94bordersouth (Password: HT94@hosts)
- Spanish: https://ucla.box.com/v/ht94bordersouthesp (Password: HT94@hosts)
- Note: The links/passwords above will function during this 24-hour period only.

How to attend the online Q&A with Border South/Frontera Sur filmmakers on Friday, September 25 (5 PM ET):

- Register in advance via Zoom at https://ucla.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqfu-opjgvHdBygGt6nWtynETw5XtWZ25M (limited to 300 participants)
- Or watch the livestream on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hostileterrain94 (unlimited)

Hostile Terrain 94

Stay tuned for information on future events that will invite our community to engage in conversation about this important topic, including the participatory Hostile Terrain 94 exhibition. Campus organizers, who had originally intended to install Hostile Terrain 94 in Center Gallery at McCullough Student Center this Fall, hope to bring the exhibition to Middlebury in the Spring of 2021 if pandemic conditions allow. The exhibition is composed of approximately 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally, in 2020 and beyond.

Hostile Terrain 94 map detail

To read a New York Times multimedia opinion piece about the migration crisis at the US-Mexico border, click here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Department of Anthropology, and the Program in Education Studies.