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Program 15: 'Undeterred' - Our Backyards Are Not Battlefields! U.S.-Mexico Border. And Standing Rock Continues In the Bayou!

  • Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Undeterred - The film uses interviews, animations, shots of the desert and daily life in this working class community to tell the story of the build up of militarized enforcement along the US/ Mexico border. It explores how this build up has affected and changed life in the community, and how local residents have organized to push back against these changes.

Since NAFTA, 9/11 and the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations border residents have been on the front lines of a humanitarian crisis that has caused over 8,000 immigrant and refugee deaths. Undeterred is an intimate and unique portrait of how residents in a small rural community, caught in the cross hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to respond to this crisis. The mission of the film is to inspire communities of conscience, especially other working class communities and be a reminder that even when dealing with overwhelming, appalling government policies, we are not powerless. More than anything, it is a love letter to the powerful border residents working, studying, living and organizing amidst the human tragedy of the border crisis. (2019, 1 hr 16 min)

Shorts (to precede):

Dad Milks Cows In Texas - In the mid 70s, Ramón Galván Palencia left his small town in Mexico for the United States. Over the next decade he crossed many of the borders separating the two countries in search of work. By the 1990s, he settled in Texas as a ranch hand on a dairy farm. “Dad Milks Cows in Texas” is a nonfiction portrait of a person that carries out the early morning work on a dairy farm. Together with cows and machinery, Ramón is a part of the process and routine of dairy work. He also happens to be the filmmaker's dad. (2018, 8 min)

L’eau Est La Vie: The Fight At Standing Rock Continues In the Bayous of Louisiana - Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock—is trying to extend that pipeline through the largest US wetland swamp in Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin.

L’Eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp is fighting the pipeline despite facing state violence, police that are moonlighting for the pipeline and courts that are protecting corporate interests over public good. The fight for water and life continues! (2018, 10 min)