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Border Film Week / Day 5

Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Border Film Week / Day 5

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Type End Quantity
5:00 p.m.
 Traces Ended Free  
5:15 p.m. Humedales Artificiales: Three Transnational Wetlands Ended Free  
5:25 p.m.
 Purgatory / Purgatorio Ended Free  

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Event Details

5:00 p.m.
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 
Fiamma Montezemolo, Director / 20 mins. 
In this video essay contemplative images, confessions, theoretical reflections and an enigmatic subject of electronic music are fused to form a meditation on border life between the US and Mexico. Based on years of ethnographic work in Tijuana and ascetic 24-hour schedule, artist and anthropologist refracts his own experience in the region to try to carve out a living and textured portrait of the wall separating Tijuana and San Diego. These are images of a rusty wall, topography rebel surveillance structures decaying, furtive moments of undocumented migrants crossing dystopic landscapes. 

5:15 p.m.
Humedales Artificiales: Three Transnational Wetlands
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 
Cynthia Hooper, Director / 5 min 
This observational documentary examines three anthropogenic wetlands in the delta of the Colorado River in Baja California. These artificially created Mexican sites (sometimes accidentally) have been deeply impacted by the activities and policies of the United States. A wetland is facing an immediate threat of destruction due to the activities of the United States, while another requires complex bilateral agreements between the two countries in order to be preserved. The third wetland which holds the waste water of the city of Mexicali, Baja California, enjoys a reasonably secure future. All these habitats manufactured circumspection and humility inspired by his precarious fragility and awe and respect for their great resilience. 

5:25 p.m.
Purgatory / Purgatorio
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 
Rodrigo Reyes, Director / 80 min
With striking imagery, director Rodrigo Reyes re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.

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Panel Discussion and Q&A
• Rodrigo Reyes, Director 
• Cynthia Hooper, Director 
• Dr.Olivia Ruiz, Professor Department of Cultural Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and University of San Diego's Lecturer.
• Ev Meade, Trans-Border Institute Director

Dessert reception to follow

Border Film Week is produced in partnership with POLEN and Non.Format.

Have questions about Border Film Week / Day 5? Contact Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego

When & Where

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego

The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is an essential expression of the University of San Diego's commitment to promoting understanding, dialogue, and collaboration between Mexico and the United States and to addressing urgent transnational issues affecting their people and those of neighboring countries. TBI works through a combination of policy research and analysis, international dialogue, publications, education and training programs, public outreach, and cultural programs.

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