Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary tells the real story of immigration to the United States. Filmmaker Arturo Perez Torres follows in the footsteps of two friends traveling over land from Nicaragua, across multiple borders to the US. On their journeys, they encounter merciless gangs and vigilantes, as well as border patrol. But these immigrants navigate real-life nightmares with uncanny calm, grace, even humor.
BONUS SHORT FILMS:
TERMINAL BAR (Dir. Stefan Nadelman)
"When one person's lying in the street, everybody's lying in the
street." That's the way the film's provocateur, bartender Sheldon
Nadelman, describes the state of the world. This stunning film
by Nadelman's son, Stefan, looks at a slice of New York City history
through photos taken over twenty years in the city's roughest
97 minutes, 2003
WHERE IS IRAQ? (Dir. Baz Shamoun)
Just after U.S. forces take control of Baghdad in 2003, filmmaker
Baz Shamoun attempts to re-enter his homeland after decades of
forced exile. In Jordan, he meets other Iraqis stuck at the border:
workers without jobs, truckers, cab drivers and anxious refugees.
This insightful short film reveals their conflicting perspectives on
war, dictatorship, and hopes for a new Iraq.
19 minutes, 2004