WELCOME TO THE FREE SCREENING OF CROSSING ARIZONA
Will a two-thousand-mile-long wall solve the problem? Why is the Tohono O’odham Nation vowing to block the building of President Trump’s wall across their land? What are the economic and security implications for citizens on both sides of the border?
The filmmakers are offering this free streaming of their award-winning feature documentary CROSSING ARIZONA (96 minutes) for the month of February. The goal is to give as many people as possible on all sides of the issue a better understanding of how and why Washington’s immigration policies on the US-Mexico border have failed, so that better solutions might prevail.
The film captures the deadly results of failed border policy, and the rise of US nativism. It continues to be as relevant today as it was when it premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
2006 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:
Tension along the Mexican/American border is one of the most rapidly escalating issues in the country today. Joseph Mathew’s intimate and invaluably comprehensive documentary, Crossing Arizona, offers a balanced, up-to-the-minute look at the current crisis as it is developing at its hottest point–the Arizona/Sonora border.
Heightened security along the Texas and California borders funnels an estimated 4,500 undocumented migrants every day through the deadliest landscape in the country–Arizona’s Sonora desert. The journey can take four days on foot, and the death toll is rapidly mounting. Crossers who survive often tap the resources of citizens and property owners in the area, triggering a range of impassioned responses and conflicted feelings about human rights, culture, class, and national security.
Focusing on personal stories of local people on both sides of the border whose lives are directly affected by Washington policies, Mathew follows a dynamic array of individuals: the U.S. Border Patrol, the citizen border-patrol group, Minutemen, Latino activists, and the emigrants themselves. Crossing Arizona is not only essential viewing to understand how a majestic corner of the country has transformed into a political hotbed and deadly immigration flashpoint; it also creates an opportunity to contemplate and question larger issues about the American society in which we live.
Directed by Joseph Mathew and Dan DeVivo and produced by Rainlake Productions, CROSSING ARIZONA was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, premiered on Sundance Channel, and screened and broadcast around the world, winning numerous awards and acclaim. For more information, including press and reviews, please visit: rainlake.com/crossingarizona.
And be sure to check out TWO AMERICANS, Dan DeVivo’s follow-up to CROSSING ARIZONA, co-directed by Valeria Fernandez and edited by Laurie MacMillan.
CROSSING ARIZONA: SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CUT (96min)
DELETED SCENES & EXTRAS
Deleted Scene – George Monzingo
George Monzingo talks about the strange things he finds abandoned on his ranch – and how absurdly difficult it is to get rid of them.
Deleted Scene – Minuteman HQ
Volunteers with the Minuteman Project complete their chores at Minuteman HQ and talk about their motivations for coming to the border.
MAN IN THE MAZE
A documentary short about Tohono O’odham activist Mike Wilson. Man in the Maze picks up Wilson’s story at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Crossing Arizona and reveals how his early life experiences and deeply-held spiritual beliefs motivate him in the face of on-going adversity.
Deleted Scene – Migrant Hotel
As they wait at a hotel on the Mexican side of the border, migrants talk about the dangers they face crossing the border, and the families they are leaving behind.
Deleted Scene – Windtree Ranch
Don Mackenzie describes a disturbing encounter with a border vigilante on Windtree Ranch.