Mojados: Through the Night

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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 caused a growing number of travelers to die en route due to exposure, exhaustion, or lack of food and water. First-time filmmaker Tommy Davis, who grew up in a Texas border town and became concerned about the growing fatalities among illegal immigrants, traveled to Michoacan, Mexico, and returned to Texas in the company of four men making the dangerous voyage across the border. Serving as a one-man camera and sound crew, Davis shot Mojados: Through the Night during a 120-mile trip through the desert as Oso, Guapo, Viejo, and Tigre attempt to make their way into Texas -- some have done it before, and all are looking to find work so they can better support their families at home.

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Critic Reviews for Mojados: Through the Night

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  • Brings a human face to a controversial political issue.

    Jul 15, 2005
  • 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.

    May 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    May 20, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Mojados: Through the Night manages to capture the danger, fatigue and tedium of an illegal border crossing from Mexico without becoming tedious itself.

    May 19, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • A lean, effective slice of agitprop enlivened with a New Wave voice-over and an unusual emotional directness.

    May 17, 2005
  • 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.

    May 26, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Mojados: Through the Night

The subtitles went by too quickly at times (and I'm a fast reader). They were also difficult to read when the background was white. I'm against illegal immigration because I see first hand how it is overloading our health care system. That being said, I'm glad the border patrol officers are humane to these poor people when they find them. This documentary does show how difficult it is for Mexicans to make the crossing and some of the hardships they endure.

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