Our goal is to start a conversation about undocumented immigration and inhumane border policies that will empower audiences to take grassroots action in their own communities in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and other parts of the world. Border South will be collaborating with organizations, campaigns and artists to create safe and proactive spaces for these conversations to happen.
1. Hostile Terrain 94
Curated by Jason De León, Michael Wells, and Lucy Cahill, Hostile Terrain 94 is a global pop-up exhibition taking place in over 100 locations around the world between June and November of 2020. These installations will expose the U.S. Border Patrol policy known as “Prevention Through Deterrence” that, since 1994, has been used to drive migrants into more remote areas of the border such as the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. These exhibitions are 20 foot long maps of the Arizona/Mexico border populated with 3500 hand written toe tags that are filled out in each location by teams of locally sourced volunteers. These tags represent the recovered bodies of people who have died between 2000 and 2020 crossing the US/Mexico border through the Sonoran Desert. In addition, the exhibition has a built in augmented reality experience that allows the viewer to see and hear the stories of migrants and the families of the missing and dead.
Border South will screen along side the installations in 2020, as well as with prototype exhibitions in Mexico, Canada, and the United States in 2019. To find out more about the installation and how to get involved go to the “Hostile Terrain 94” website. To find out about upcoming Border South+Hostile Terrain events go to our screenings site or follow us here.
“…for every body found, there are five to 10 people who simply disappeared.” – Jason De León in the New York Times interactive article To Stop Border Crossing the U.S. made the journey deadlier
2. Migrant Trail Tour
In the spring and summer of 2020 Border South will be partnering with immigrant rights organizations, migrant shelters, festivals and other institutions to tour the film in Central America, Mexico and the United States. The goal is to bring the film to immigrants themselves at migrant shelters, to support organizations working on the ground on immigration issues, and to collaborate with experts and artist to have an informed conversation with the general public about undocumented immigration and the clandestine migrant routes. Organized by filmmaker Raúl O. Paz Pastrana, ethnographer John Doering-White, and anthropologist Amelia Frank-Vitale.
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