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.

On Jan 21st, 2019, Martin Luther King Day, Lead to Life, a collective that transforms guns into the otherwise to commemorate black folks and land impacted by the wake of violence, gathered to reclaim Dr. King’s radical legacy and the black feminist prophetic tradition. between starshine & clay explores the memory of this evening where Lead to Life transformed guns into the constellations that were above Oscar Grant the evening he was murdered 10 years prior by Oakland police. In collaboration with community members across California, who have been impacted by the wake of police brutality, gun violence, indigenous displacement and environmental racism, we gathered to imagine our town free from violence, our people and the land well, and cast our prophecy into the stars.

  • Runtime
    13 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Bronte Velez, Mer Aldao
  • Producer
    Lead to Life