Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2002 • Belgium, France
In images of eerie, painterly beauty, Chantal Akerman explores the border between the United States and Mexico. For years, undocumented immigrants passed through San Diego, until the use of new technology began stemming the flow of people. This leaves only the mountains and deserts of Arizona for those desperate enough to try their luck. And it is here that Akerman shifts her focus, between Agua Prieta, Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona, and the desert in between. Mixing evocative landscapes and interviews with the families of immigrants, American sheriffs, local residents, and advocates, she creates a profound, compassionate reflection on U.S. border policy and xenophobia.