The U.S.-Mexico Foundation to host the premiere screening of
a new film about undocumented Mexican-Americans
New York, NY—September 2016 —The U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) is pleased to host the New York premier of the film Beyond Borders on October 4th.
BEYOND BORDERS - Undocumented Mexican-Americans, directed by Micah Fink, and produced by The Independent Production Fund (IPF), Editorial Clio and Fábrica de Cine, is an intimate look at the struggles, contributions and aspirations of undocumented Mexican-Americans and their families in the US. The film also examines US policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration in a deeply moving documentary that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States. The film carefully explains the history of the relationship between the two countries - Mexico and America - some of which may be unfamiliar to many American viewers. In telling the stories of several undocumented Mexican-Americans, BEYOND BORDERS reveals the reasons why millions of Mexican workers have settled in the US over the past four decades instead of returning home. It also illuminates the remarkable networks that connect the film's characters with the families they left behind, and the very real human impact of the anti-immigration backlash now sweeping the country.
“In Beyond Borders our intention is to provide a deeply human perspective on the issue that is uppermost in Americans’ minds during this presidential campaign – immigration,” says Alvin H. Perlmutter, executive producer and director of Independent Production Fund. “We believe it will contribute to an understanding of the complex historical and social elements most often underreported in the current debate”.
“This is a critically important film at a time when the image of Mexico and Mexican-Americans are under attack in the ongoing elections in the US. I think this film offers a much needed correction to the popular misunderstanding of Mexican-Americans who are living in the US, with or without documentation,” said Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian and executive producer of the film.
“The USMF is proud to collaborate with IPF, Clío and Fábrica de Cine on this initiative,” said Rebeca Vargas, President & CEO, U.S-Mexico Foundation. “Beyond Borders is aligned with the USMF’s goal of promoting binational understanding and cooperation through unique educational programs and initiatives”.
The film is currently airing on Public Television Stations around the country, premiering in New York on WNET on October 22nd at 1:00 PM, and will also be presented at community events and educational forums.
The New York premiere of the film will take place on October 4th at 6:00pm at Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies. Speakers at the event will include Ambassador Diego Gómez-Pickering, Consul General of Mexico in New York, Rebeca Vargas, President & CEO, U.S.-Mexico Foundation, Micah Fink, the film’s director, members of academia, and individuals featured in the documentary.
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The executive producers of Beyond Borders are Alvin Perlmutter, Enrique Krauze, Gaston Pavlovich and Manu Gargi. Supporters of the project are the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, BBVA-Bancomer, Cemex, and Pilar and Jaime Davila. The New York Premiere is hosted by the U.S.-Mexico Foundation with support from the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Mexican Studies, and the Forum on Migration at Columbia University.
Tamara Velasquez, US-Mexico Foundation
Joseph Schroeder, The Independent Production Fund
Tel: (212) 221-6310