Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2021

Borders No Borders Documentary Shorts

Expired November 24, 2021 5:30 AM
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9 films in package
Amidst rising political repression and cartel violence, as well as the eternal difficulties of travel in the Sonoran Desert, the Aguilas carry out their solemn task.
Deep in the Choctaw Nation, a picturesque lake hosts an unusual sight: an island populated by rows of headstones. This cemetery floating in a man-made lake is the last relic of what was the town of Sardis, Oklahoma.
Folk Frontera
Two fronteriza women as they struggle to find their place in the vast Chihuahuan Desert, a region whose culture is thousands of years old, but which is bisected by the U.S.-Mexico border.
Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me
Central American mothers journey by bus through Mexico, searching for their children who migrated north towards the United States but disappeared en route.
The Cluster
In the aftermath of a cancer outbreak, a community looks for answers.
The Rifleman
Through meticulously assembled archival imagery, “The Rifleman” reveals the roots of the modern National Rifle Association, U.S. Border Patrol, and the gun lobby’s unyielding influence on national politics.
between starshine and clay
This ritual story remembers an evening on MLK Day ’19, where Lead to Life, a collective that transforms guns into the otherwise, to commemorate Black folks and land impacted by the wake of violence, transforms guns into the constellations above Oscar Grant as they appeared 10 years prior, on the evening he was murdered by Oakland police.
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This program is generously supported by Independent Media Arts.

The interconnected daily journeys of bus riders and operators on the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority bus lines illuminate why the Black community here has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. While Valerie Jefferson, the head of the operator's union, fights for proper PPE, hazard pay, and sick time off, she continues to provide the necessary but dangerous services to frontline workers, the sick, and the houseless population throughout the pandemic.

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    12 minutes
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    United States
  • Director
    Zac Manuel, Marta Rodriguez Maleck
  • Producer
    Zac Manuel, Marta Rodriguez Maleck