Daily updates from the first annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Target, founding sponsor Victory Park, March 22 to April 1, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dangerous Trips Across The Border

Alicja Bachleda in TRADE
Alicja Bachleda in TRADE

Four films at AFI DALLAS take aim at the dangers that lie in wait for those making a journey across our borders.

Robert Michael Kelly’s documentary BORDERLANDS focuses on the border towns of Palomas, Mexico and Columbus, New Mexico, and the rampant human smuggling and drug trafficking that transpires between the two.

The short film MUERTAS, directed by Ryan Piers Williams, details the struggle of a young American who makes a deal to get his Mexican girlfriend across the border, while Marco Kreuzpaintner’s TRADE takes an unblinking look at the sex trafficking industry through its story of a Mexican teenager and a world weary American cop who team on a desperate mission to find the boy’s kidnapped sister.

Finally, Carlos Gutierrez’s short film WET FOOT/DRY FOOT features two Cuban refugees stranded on an uninhabited island who must risk their tenuous safety from the letter of the immigration law in South Florida in order to save the life of a stranger.