Annual Border Film Week At USD Starts Today

by David L on March 4, 2013

Since it’s founding in 1994, University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute has had a mission to promote border-related scholarship, activities and community, and play an active role in the cross-border relations.  TBI has been conducting in depth analysis, and research on immigration, trade, and trans-national drug trafficking along the border, as well as promoting public education on the subject through conferences, commentary, debates, and occasionally, film week.

Monday, March 4th  through Friday, March 8th TBI is hosting it’s annual Border Film Week.  Each day, you can watch documentary and fiction films showcasing current events taking place in and around La Frontera.  The goal of the film week is to promote and encourage awareness, thinking, and discussion about border culture and Mexico.  To aid in the discussions, actors, directors, and journalists from some of the films will be present to shed light on the issues brought up in their films.

“Too many people in our community tend to see Tijuana and Mexico as a scary place or a liability, rather than appreciating their extraordinary diversity, richness and complexity,” states University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute Director David Shirk, PhD.

Films will be shown at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace & Justice Theater.  Here’s some info on the films being shown and which days:

Monday:  “Felix” (2012), directed by Adriana Trujillo who will attend to discuss on the film making process.

Tuesday:  “Espacio Interior” (2012), directed by Kai Parlange Tessmann

Wednesday:  “Tierra Brilliante” (2011), created by filmmaker Omar Figueroa who will be in attendance.

Thursday is a triple feature of short films: “San Ysidro: Frontera Olvidada/A Forgotten Border” (2012), created by four Mexican-American teens; “Botes al Amanecer” (2012), with Jose Yenque,  actor, producer and member of the Border Film Week advisory committee, in attendance for feedback; and “Gimme the Power” (2012), a rockumentary directed by Olallo Rubio.

Friday ends the festival with with “Mariachi Gringo” (2012), followed by a Q&A with director Tom Gustafson, and a closing reception concert by the USD Mariachi ensemble.

For more info on the Trans-Border Institute, visit

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