Mojados - Through the Night (2004)
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In 1995, the United States Border Patrol began employing new strategies in guarding the border between the U.S. and Mexico as part of a bid to reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming into America. While the Border Patrol's plan enjoyed some success, it also created a new problem -- with the easiest routes from Mexico to the United States now heavily guarded, mojados (Mexican slang for the illegal immigrants) began following roundabout paths through the mountains and wastelands, which
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Brings a human face to a controversial political issue.
While there's a tedious sameness to the footage of walking, hiding and huddling around the campfire, the film's payoff is shattering.
Modest but memorable, the first film from 24-year-old director Tommy Davis follows four Mexican friends as they attempt to sneak into the U.S. by trekking through the Texan desert.
Davis, who grew up in the border town of McAllen, Texas, obviously wants to put a human face on the countless people who try to sneak across the border, but he fails to elicit any substantive information from his subjects.
Mojados: Through the Night manages to capture the danger, fatigue and tedium of an illegal border crossing from Mexico without becoming tedious itself.
A lean, effective slice of agitprop enlivened with a New Wave voice-over and an unusual emotional directness.
A documentary about Mexicans trying to evade the border patrol to get into Texas. And watching the movie is a bit like their journey: periods of boredom and irritation punctuated by intense excitement.
Davis' tough, man-of-the-people narration is often annoying, but his words can't diminish the power of his story.
A gripping documentary, although we learn too little of the relationship between the filmmaker and his subjects.
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