wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm | regular admission prices
Thanks to our community partner, Colibri Center for Human Rights!
The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.
“NYT Critic’s Pick! Both a vivid message movie and a wonder-filled paean to a singularly beautiful and biodiverse environment.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters. (Dir. by Ben Masters, 2019, USA, 97 mins., Not Rated)
The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with the mission to end disappearance and uphold human dignity along the U.S.-Mexico border. Colibrí works in solidarity with the families of disappeared migrants to find truth and justice through forensic science, investigation, and community organizing. Colibrí bears witness to this unjust loss of life, accompanying families in their search and holding space for families to build community, share stories, and raise awareness about the consequences of border militarization. Since 1998, at least 7,505 people have lost their lives crossing the U.S.-México border, and thousands more remain disappeared. Of those whose remains have been recovered from the borderlands, more than 1,200 are still unidentified. Colibrí is currently investigating over 3,000 open missing persons cases for people who disappeared crossing the border. In this context, migrants are denied the human right to life and their families are denied the right to know what happened to a loved one, left with agonizing uncertainty.
To learn more about how you can contribute to this cause, visit http://www.colibricenter.org/.